Don’t rush your children’s education, Don warns parents

He gave the advice during the 256th inaugural lecture at the University of Ilorin on Thursday.

Fasasi spoke in the context of children entering college at a tender age.

He said parents should allow their children to mature before completing their education so that they can cope with the demands of life.

According to the university professor, both physical and mental development will prepare the child to face the rigors and challenges of life.

Recall that the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, while supervising the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in Abuja, said that the Federal Government plans to review and set the minimum age for entry into tertiary institutions in the country at 18 years.

The minister advised parents not to put “too much” pressure on their children and wards to enable them to reach a certain level of maturity and be able to better manage their affairs.

Meanwhile, in an interview with our correspondent after delivering his lecture titled “Making Education Accountable for Resources and Outcomes”, Fasasi warned parents and guardians against taking their wards to higher institutions.

He said, “Parents and stakeholders should be sensitized about the psycho-emotional and other consequences inherent in allowing double promotion for their wards.”

The lecturer added that an immature child would not be able to cope with the demands of life.

He urged strict adherence to the National Education Policy at the time of admission.

“The national education policy has divided education into stages and has accompanied it by age, but parents are in a hurry. Parents have forgotten that there are stages in a child’s physical and mental development.

“If a child is not well developed physically and mentally and is placed in a higher institution, he will misbehave in the future,” he added.