Landmark College, Ikorodu, Lagos State, has organized its 2022 Parents Teachers Interactive Forum (PTIF).
The event which was themed: “𝘽𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙘𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙘s: 𝙃𝙚𝙡𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚’𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚”, was held in the school hall on Saturday June 18, 2022.
The event was attended by the school parents, teachers and invited seasoned educators.
Declaring the event open, the college Chairman, Mr Isiaka Oyebamiji, stated that the PTIF programme is aimed at discussing how the students could become responsible and good ambassadors of the school.
Mr Oyebamiji noted that the initiative is an acknowledgement of the fact that the school cannot do it alone.
“The parents must be involved. They need to be part of the arduous task,” the chairman said.
He added, “As a school, our focus is to ensure the all-round development of the students’ academic, spiritual, social and intellectual growth. We pride ourselves on building a total child.
“We are not selective. We understand that children come with different traits. We are committed to improving the performance of every student.
“To achieve this, members of staff have been serially trained in the duty of care. And punitive measures have been put in place to mete out appropriate punishment to erring students and staff.
“Meanwhile, there are rewards and prizes for those who comply and adhere to the school rules and regulations,” he concluded.
The chairman, therefore, appealed to the parents to always support the school to succeed.
In his speech, the School Principal, Mr Adebayo Sanni, appreciated the parents and the guests for participating in the programme.
He said the PTIF programme was organized to solicit parents’ support in all areas.
The principal stated that discipline remains the bedrock of success at Landmark College, stressing that the involvement of parents becomes necessary “to help curb the students’ excesses”.
“In the area of academic activities, Landmark College students are making us proud with their excellent performance,” the principal said.
He added, “The weak ones are also taken care of. There are Academic Booster Classes (ABC) arranged for them to help address their weaknesses and overcome their challenges.
“We, therefore, appeal to parents to help us monitor their notes, class activities and assignments.”
Addressing the parents at the event, the Chairperson, Education Sub-committee of the College Board, Mrs Margret Olufunke Ademosu, shared her experience with the students.
Mrs Ademosu, a retired former principal in Lagos State and co-author of the New General Mathematics, stated that the school has planned special classes for all students, especially those in terminal classes preparing for external examinations.
“I just want to use this opportunity to appeal to the students of the parents to help these children achieve excellent academic performance at the end of their examinations,” Mrs Ademosu said.
She added that it might be difficult to gain the attention of the students and stimulate their interest without parental support.
While speaking at the event, the Chief Speaker, Dr Nelson Ayodele, noted that the school and the parents needed to work together to morally bring up the students and take care of their emotional wellbeing.
“The essence of this programme is to meet and discuss the best way to train the children to become problem solvers,” Dr Ayodele said.
Dr Ayodele, a chief consultant at Standard Mandate International, educated the parents on the pressures the students are battling with.
According to him, the students face peer, parental, academic, and social media pressures.
He also encouraged the parents to know the friends of their children and serve as role models.
“Children are mirrors. They reflect all we say and do. This is the reason parents and teachers need to exhibit good conduct at all times,” he added.
The highlight of the programme was musical presentations by the school orchestra group headed by the music teachers, Messrs Olaosebikan and Aluko.