…As centre blames fuel subsidy removal on students’ low performance
…four teachers of the Centre recently bagged PhD in various disciplines
The Baraje Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Ilorin, Kwara State, on Saturday (December 23, 2023) graduated 139 students in its 2022/2023 academic session, even as the management of the center attributed the fuel subsidy removal to students’ absenteeism and low performance in the just concluded academic session.
This, according to the management of the center, was not inconnected with the inability of parents to transport their children and wards to the centre following the hike in transportation cost resulted in students perpetual absence from the school.
The Centre owned by the former acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh Abubakar Kawu Baraje, had been transporting students free of charge until the removal of fuel subsidy, with the attendant hike in fuel pump price.
In his address at the 2022/2023 graduation of the Centre held in Ilorin on Saturday, the chairman of the board of trustees, Justice Solihu Muhammed said:” The 2022/2023 academic session has witnessed a lot of absenteeism from both pupils and students due largely to non- availability of the Centre’s transportation, either due to breakdown of our vehicles or insufficient fuel to make two or three trips for the day to which parents and guardians often allowed their wards/ children to remain at home instead of assisting them with transport fare to attend classes.
” The effect of this attitude of non- attendance of classes has shown clearly on the promotion examination results with the highest recorded failures of Centre since inception.
” It’s therefore, on this note that the board is seeking the cooperation and assistance of parents/ guardians to ensure day to day attendance of their wards/ children in classes so as not to have unwanted failures this outgoing session.”
The board chairman who said a total of 139 students were graduating, restated the commitment of the Centre to producing leaders that are morally and spiritually upright.
The proprietor of the Centre, Alh Abubakar Kawu Baraje, thanked the staff and management of the school for their commitment to sound moral spiritual education.
He said that there was the greater need for the stakeholders to provide the Nigerian youths with sound moral and spiritual education to enable them grow up to becoming responsible citizens.
Baraje also congratulated the graduands, urging them not to relent in the pursuit of academic excellence.
He said it was inspiring that four of the academic staff of the Centre recently bagged Ph.D in various disciplines.