Despite various challenges facing the school, especially inadequate funding, government policy and tax regimes, the Proprietor of Bright Hope Schools, a private school in Agege, Lagos, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Bello, said the school will continue to offer qualitative education that will prepare the students for the future.
Established 26 years ago, he noted that though the journey had been challenging and wonderful, he attributed the success of the school to the glory to God.
“We are able to have the best of teachers and so we have been recording excellent performance in academics and winning laurels in various local and national competitions,” he added.
Bello, who disclosed this during the graduation/prize-giving day of the school for 2016/2017 school year, which took place on the school premises, recalled that the school took off in 1991 with established the nursery section and later the primary section.
“After some time, some parents mounted pressure that we should establish a secondary school in view of the outstanding academic performance of our students in the various secondary schools they were admitted. Thus, the parents assisted us to acquire two plots of land in September 2004,” he stressed.
While insisting that discipline and moral etiquette are core values of the school, the proprietor, who further explained that punctuality is key in the running of the school, however, spoke of plans to expand facilities in the school and upgrade it to a boarding system.
The high point of the event was the award of scholarship to three students in Junior School session, a programme which has become the yearly tradition of the school since 2005.
With the scholarship scheme this year, no fewer than 36 students have so far benefitted from the programme, which the proprietor promised to extend to the Senior School next session.
Echoing the position of the Proprietor, the Principal of the school, Mr. Awuje Augustine insisted that despite the challenges, the management would sustain the tempo of academic and moral standard of the school, improve its facilities and high discipline tone instilled in the students and teachers.
With “Academic Excellence With Integrity,” as its motto, the principal noted that the school has zero tolerance for examination malpractice, saying we will provide more facilities, teach our students societal and moral values and to produce change agents, who will not only benefit themselves, but useful to the society and the country at large.
Conclusively, he stated that the distinguishing factor of the school is hardworking, quality and committed teachers, and conducive learning and teaching environment.
As the pioneer principal, he recalled that his focus was to get competent, qualified and committed teachers, and who could to be relied upon anytime.
He said various training programmes were beingput in place to enhance the quality and knowledge, teaching techniques of the teachers.
Awuje, who added that the beneficiaries of scholarship scheme are students who are either financially handicapped or orphans, bemoaned what he described as government’s multiple tax policy, including signage tax, tenement rate, vehicle permit, media, general school certificate examinations, and annual dues, among others being charged to schools.
The guests and parents were thrilled by the students with series of performances such as Yoruba cultural display, Islamic presentation, kindergarten pupils’ dance, drama presentation, parents’ dance as well as choreography by the primary and secondary students.
The outgoing Head Boy, Benjamin Taiwo commended their teachers for the academic and moral upbringing the school imparted on them.
He and the Head Girl implored other students to be diligent, disciplined and remained focused in their education by obeying their teachers, and adhering to the rules and regulations of the school. Prizes were presented to outstanding and students who distinguished themselves in academic activities and extra-curricular activities, especially in English language, Mathematics, Spelling, Literature.
Uche Gloria received the prize for the Neatest Student, and Christopher Somtochukwu got the Most Punctual Student, while Amarachi Okonkwo received the Best Class Prefect of the Session award.