Tonight, the Heads of School Conference was inaugurated for 275 heads of schools in this country of 300,000 people of which over 50% are said to be school going children. What struck me most was that all these educational leaders and their leadership including the Minister of Education, who is a technocrat though in a politician’s chair; sat with the President of the country; to entertain themselves with a dance performance from ten year olds.
I can understand that some of the readers may ask what is wrong with that. Yet, when it is half an hour to midnight that the dance was performed; I am sure you will agree that it was really not necessary. Does the Heads of School Conference need an opening ceremony coming to a close with a ritual involving school children having to entertain the school heads? Is it necessary to further the purpose of education and schooling?
As a senior government official charged with children’s rights put it, “Inconsistency in practicing what elders preach has led to children not taking elders seriously. It’s so wrong to violate school rules by school heads and the Ministry of Education.”
Yet, that is the case!