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THIS IS A LUCKY GENERATION

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By Shaibu Stephen Ojate

 

Going to school in the 80s and early 90s was a very big project,  it was like someone preparing to build a house. Just like how the less privileged individuals saved for many years for a building project, Is a good illustration to depict how less-privileged parents prepare ahead of their Wards’ admission year in the past.

The working class parent whose monthly salary  is not enough to take care of their children’s school fees would go extra length to obtain a short-term loan from banks for the admission process of their children. The children of these parents are not left out too as many would have to undertake menial jobs to raise little funds to support whatever their parents gathered ahead of their admission year. The children whose parents showed no seriousness or were not financially buoyant would stay at home for years before they finally gain admission into secondary schools or any higher institution of learning.

Whether a Parent is a working class individual or not, education for their children is not an easy task as they solely take care of their responsibility without  help from any quarter. Even when the children finally gain admission into school, it is still a great challenge as the parents hustle for more funds to cater for their yearly or quarterly purchase of school textbooks and other educational materials. 

Parents who lack funds to do all these most times opt for motor mechanics, carpentry, tailoring and other handiwork for their children. The young girls in the less-privileged home are always advised to marry early in life to avoid further parental responsibility on them. Due to the impoverishment of these parents, brilliant young boys and girls who would have become  intellectuals today have had their education halted. Those who were not wise enough to enrol their Wards for vocational work, would later have such children taking to crime and the resulting aftermath is the social menace as experienced in our society today. In those days, scholarships from private individuals and corporate organizations were very rare.

But today, this is not the case as average and brilliant students can gain admission and even advance their education with ease without good financial backing from their parents. Today, What the Students need is to show serious commitment to their studies as many of them would have their school fees paid by politicians. Today, paying school fees for Students has become a sort of competition by political office holders and aspiring politicians. People who have political aspirations undertake this measure as a means to sell themselves very well to the public ahead of any election. 

This generation, Youths are very lucky. Aside from their quarterly school fees being paid , the final year students have their WAEC registration fees paid by the State Government and in some cases by private individuals too. Juxtaposing this to what was obtainable in the past, the present Youths are quite lucky.  In our time, every individual parent would have to source for funds to pay for their respective wards’ School fees. Inability to pay could cause Students’ withdrawal from the schools. 

The Youths of this generation are so lucky. Today, they not only enjoy WAEC registration being paid by the State government or private individuals, some even get their JAMB form registration paid by serving and aspiring politicians too. Even when they finally gain admission into any institution of higher learning, State Government and Politicians still offer them scholarship. Many Students presently in Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education are enjoying scholarships of different sorts.  

In the past, students dropped out of school due to lack of funds to pay school fees and this is not the case as of today. Today, what the youths need is to show serious commitment to their studies as they can make it through school without good financial backing from their parents. What a lucky generation!