The fad by many parents and guardians to send their children and wards to expensive schools believing that the â€˜bigâ€™ names of the schools and the huge amounts paid in school fees determine the academic fortunes of their children or wards is the focus of the new episode of Professor Johnbull.
But is that really true? Is there any correlation between the huge amount of school fees paid by parents and the brilliance or academic attainments of their children?
Have products of less expensive schools not done better in competitive examinations than products of expensive schools? Should parents leave the training of their children entirely to the teachers because the school fees are high? Should the role of parents stop at just paying heavily for the childâ€™s education? Why are our educational institutions turning to business ventures nowadays? Are the most expensive schools necessarily the best schools or are they just more of a status thing?
The above issues and many more are the thrust of the new episode of the sitcom, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by foremost telecommunications company, Globacom,
The programme shows at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday on DSTV Africa Magic Family and GOTV Channel 2, with repeat broadcast on Thursday at 9.30 p.m. on the cable TV channels and on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. It is also aired on Anambra Broadcasting Service at 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.
Entitled Expensive Schools, the new episode presents to viewers the agonies most couples go through to send their children to expensive schools in a bid to catch up with their neighbours and friends who are well to do and can afford to pay such high school fees.
It is now left for the protagonist of the TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, acted by Kanayo O. Kanayo, to counsel his â€œproximate peopleâ€ on what makes a complete education irrespective of the amount of money being charged as school fees.
Viewers will find the retired scholar most robust as he postulates on what constitutes complete academic exercise, and which roles society, educational institutions, proprietors, teachers and parents should play in the upbringing of their children.
The experience of Elizabeth (Queen Nwokoye), Professor Johnbullâ€™s daughter, in her home-teacher job with the wards under her tutelage, will be of great assistance to parents and guardians who hire home-call teachers for extra coaching classes for their children and wards.