By Abolaji Adebayo
The participants at the seminar
Education development experts have instructed primary and secondary school students to be mentally and emotionally alert as a way to improve their academic performances.
Speaking at a seminar organized for the students by an educational consultant firm, EducationForAll, in Ejigbo, the facilitators enjoined the students to identify the causes of distraction, which may affect their mental and emotional health.
The convener of the semininar, Ayanbajo and Mrs toyin Williams
The former Head of Studies, Queemaris Primary school, Ejigbo, Mrs Bilikis Omotosho, who said that the mental and emotional health is as good for positive result oriented performance as physical health, advised the parents to control all the factors that could affect their children’s emotional health.
Omotosho identified family and environmental factors such as poverty, broken home and the like as the bane of children’s academic performances.
The effects of the aforementioned factors on the students as she said include lack of concentration in class and absolute failure.
Another facilitator, a nutritionist and Health Care Consultant, Dr. Bamidele Ogaga, believed that students learn faster and more when they do exercise.
He however charged the parents to take good care of their children right from pregnancy, saying that drinking alcohol during pregnancy might affect the child’s cognitive ability.
He also admonished the students never to disrespect the elderly ones as this would also enhance their academic performance.
Meanwhile, the HR consultant for Global Impact Network, Dele Adeleke Samson, said that environment and family has little to do with students’ performances.
He believed that failure should be seen as part of process to acieve greatness in life.
He further said that self-discovery and time management are key to success not only in academics but in all human endeavours.
“You cannot be effective in your studies if you don’t understand yourself. Do not try to be anyone else, discover yourself and build your own style.
“No matter the situation, you can still be whatever you want to be. Don’t let the family or environmental pressure prune you down. Neither you see failure as the end, see it as part of the process. Above all, time management is key to success,” he advised.
Meanwhile, the convener of the seminar, who is also the Chief Consultant for EducationForAll, Ibidapo Ayanbajo said the purpose of the seminar was to proffer solutions to the identified real educational problems as well as sensitize people on the job potential of education sector.
The participants in the seminar included the students and teachers of Nelson Inn Schools, Ejigbo; St. Augustine College, Ejigbo, and some others schools.