‘King of comedy’, Ali Baba has given reasons why students are failing massively in external examinations.
He said that parents needs to prepare their wards right from the time they were kids and how to do that is to employ educated domestic staff rather than stark illiterates who cant read and write and thus have nothing tangible to add to the kid’s upbringing.
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Who was is that said English Language was not important in the study of mathematics and Arithmetics? How many children in Ihumudumu, Aghalokpe, Damaturu, ilaje, offa, Abakaliki, Taraba,… (To name just a few) can comprehend this without learning to read & comprehend the question first? And this is Primary 2 work (Key Stage 2). So you see why a good domestic staff is important? It’s not about getting a girl that can help clean the house, do laundry & run errands. It’s important that, if you must get domestic staff, you must get those who will be imparting knowledge into your wards, not learning from your wards. Let the child be surrounded by who can make him or her grow. As I have always said, the problem with our educational system & the reason for mass failure, is not GCE, NECO, Jamb or its equivalent, IT IS THE FOUNDATION THAT WE LAID FOR OUR CHILDREN! They can not be asked for what they were not tasked with! They can’t give what they were not given. While we most times wait till a child gets to age 6 to start primary 1 & begin to learn the alphabets, numerals & recognition of shapes, pronunciation of words and combination of 2, 3 & 4 letters to make a word, Some children had started learning these from age 10 months. So they consequently, have 5 years and 2 months head start. While you are waiting for your child’s hand to touch his or her ears, the child that started from age 10 months, can identify, spell & sound out names of his body parts (Ears, nose, knees, elbow, ankle, eyes, etc). The interesting thing is that, in the end, when your child finally gets to Primary 1, and is ready to learn the alphabets, count up to 10, sound out words & spell, the children with 5yrs plus head starts, can already, write, read, converse, comprehend & express themselves perfectly in English Language. This is the beginning of the discouragement in our early learning processes. So the child is not primed with the tools to learn, can read, can’t express themselves, cognitive education is truncated & every attempt to force water out of stone is met with resistance. Consequently, the child doesn’t want to go to school, has nothing that prompts him. I learnt to read at age 1!
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Ali Baba’s post has however generated mixed feelings from his fans, while some agreed with him and thanked him for the eye opener, there are others who felt he is not right.