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NN WELFARE SCHOOLS
Their Achievements and Challenges
It is a well-established fact that military personnel, both ratings and officers are usually transferred from one place to another, sometimes round the country while others maybe out of the country. During these transfers the families of these personnel suffer as most times, the educational background of the personnel’s children are usually shaking and not well established; hence the importance of the NN welfare schools.
NN welfare schools are Nigerian Navy owned primary and secondary schools established to cater for the educational needs of military personnel children. The first NN secondary school to be established was NNSS Ojo. It is located in Lagos. It was an all boarding institution but as at now the boys are day students while the girls are boarding. It is the largest NN welfare school. After NNSS Ojo, NNSS Abeokuta came into being. It is an all boarding educational institution; however it is for only boys (i.e. the male gender). It is commonly referred to as the “home of the navy boys”. After the establishment NNSS Abeokuta, NNSS Port Harcourt was born. It is situated in Borokiri in Rivers State. It was the first NN welfare to be established in the eastern part of the country, it is also a mixed school with both gender boarding.
After the birth of NNSS Port Harcourt, it became extremely necessary to establish other NN schools; as such NNSS Calabar was born. It was opened in the year 2006 by the then governor of Cross River State; Mr. Donald Duke. The school is over 10 years old now. NNSS Calabar is a full boarding institution with both gender living in peace and harmony. After NNSS Calabar; other NN schools were established, they include NNSS Imeri and NNSS Ogbomoso.
Indeed, NN welfare schools have proven to be amongst the best in the country. Passing through an NN welfare school gives one the opportunity to become self-disciplined, hardworking with zeal to succeed. They produce excellent results in all external examinations which make them to be able to compete favorably with other private/public secondary schools in the country. Their students stand out of the crowd due to their comportment, charisma, carriage. In terms of provision of educational facilities and school environment, they thrive to provide an ideal environment where teaching, moulding, and learning can take place comfortably. It is indeed a very good thing to be attending an NN welfare school. Attending one gives an individual the opportunity to be exposed to military training which further strengthens you to face the world ahead of you. It also brings out the best in you and purrs you up to achieve your greatest potential.
However , no matter how much NN Welfare schools have achieved , there are still some challenges they face .The first problem is over population of the available schools .This over population is due to the fact that the number of people(that is; students) willing and able to get admission into NN Welfare schools are more than the number the schools can adequately cater for when combined with the available infrastructural facilities .Another contributing fact to over population is that there are few NN Welfare schools in the country.
More so, another problem is the abrupt transfer of education personnel. Owing to the fact that these schools are an academic environment ,Education military personnel are usually transferred to these schools to teach and at the same time inculcate discipline in the students .However ,the happiness of students are usually short-lived as their teachers are usually transferred unnecessarily .While a student is beginning to get accustomed to a military teacher, the next thing is that he/she is transferred, leaving the students’ knowledge of the subject at a worst angle than it was already.
Another problem is the centralization of power in the NN Welfare schools .Most times, the decisions made concerning the schools are made by the CNS who channels it to the DNED(Directorate of Naval Education) who in turn forwards the correspondence to the commandant and this is of course a long process .Also ,if the commandant wants to take any decision of any sort ,he would have to inform the Directorate making decision-making and law making a long and vigorous process.
Lastly, NN Welfare schools are inadequately funded .Most government parastatals and corporate organizations refuse to invest and also implement projects and offer funds to the school, hence the schools suffer from lack of financial resources.
In as much as these schools face challenges; something could be done about them. Addressing the problem of centralization of power, the Commandant of a school should be given power to make decisions for a school without vigorous processes. By so doing, making the administrative work easier and faster. Also, to reduce the population of NN Welfare schools; more NN Welfare schools could be established to reduce the population in the existing NN schools.
In addition, more funds should be allocated to these schools to ensure the success of these schools. Corporate organizations and government parastatals could be encouraged to invest in these schools to make them live up to their potential. Also education military personnel should not be transferred within short periods, at least each of them should teach/serve in a particular school for a minimum of 4 years before transfer, so that the students in these schools would be able to adequately adjust and understand what these military personnel teach.
In conclusion, if all these problems would be addressed using the solutions offered above, then NN Welfare schools would rise to its full glory in academic excellence, discipline and character and of course the sky would be the starting point for them.
NAME: ASUQUO UBONGABASI JAMES
CLASS: SS3 AGU