Build character in our youth
One of the goals of true education is character-building. As our educational institutions seek to promote excellence in academics and place emphasis on science and technology, it is important that they positively build the character of our youth.
Through character-building, our education system should sensitise the youth to the reality and danger of corruption. Corruption pervades the nations of the world. It is not a phenomenon that is peculiar to politicians and the police as some people may think, but one which exists even in schools, churches, social groups, hospitals and other institutions.
Students need to know that when they cheat in examinations, copy someone else's SBA and present it to a teacher, extort money from others, hide from classes they are playing with corruption.
The effort of the National Integrity Action, Transparency International, and the media to rid our society and world of corruption is quite commendable. I make bold to say that the time has come for the Ministry of Education to infuse in school curriculum courses that sensitise students to measures that can prevent corruption in our nation.
Since the youth are the leaders of tomorrow, let us teach them to eschew and jettison corruption in all its forms and from our national psyche.
Pastor Ugochukwu Durueke