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Tender Years elects prefects

Tender Years elects prefects

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Prefects of Tender Years Preparatory School have been inaugurated following their election by fellow students and family members of the contesting students.

Speaking during the inauguration, Director of Education and Principal of the School, Mrs. Donna Wallace, said the prefects were elected through modern day electoral processes.



According to her, the decision to elect the prefects, as opposed to selection, was part of a strategy to instill the knowledge of politics in the students and also help them practicalise the electoral process.

In her words: “While the children are practicalising the electoral processes, they learn how it works, starting from nominations down to the election process.”

The prefects are Aniekan Wellington, Head Boy; Ulla Amapakabo, Head Girl; Ayman Abubakar, Assistant Head Boy; Ashriel Abayilo, Assistant Head Girl; Suhaan Adtani, Library Prefect; Desmond Igwe, Assistant Library Prefect; Adebola Adebayo, Social Prefect; Pearl Abe, Assistant Social Prefect; Derrick Jinadu, Sports Prefect and Jemimah Gadzama, Assistant Sport Prefect.

Others are Abigail Ikotun, Punctuality Prefect; Chimamanda Lambert, Assistant Punctuality Prefect; Adaeze Okwete, Health Prefect; Leon Ebling, ICT Laboratory Prefect; Binta Aminu, Assistant ICT Laboratory Prefect.

Also speaking, Vice Principal of the School, Mr. David Nwachukwu, stated that Tender Years Preparatory School had blazed many trails, and had helped set up numerous schools for smooth and effective management, just like the Cambridge Preparatory School, Jabi, Abuja, which is equally learning from them.

He further explained that on teaching the children about election, the school was helping the students practicalise what they were taught in citizenship class.

On the procedure for election, Nwachukwu said: “First of all, you indicate your interest, pick a form, primaries was conducted, and there was campaign. The contestants wrote manifestoes, spoke to the kids on why they should be elected. Knowledge of citizenship education, English and ICT was applied during t he whole process.

“The children actually voted and they had two representatives from their family come to vote as well. The whole idea is these are kids and we try to teach them that the electoral process can be truthful and honest.

“We also talked to them about losing and winning; that there is supposed to be a loser and a winner. When you have someone lose, they want to erase the whole Nigeria mentality. They should understand that election is about what you have to offer and not what your pocket have to offer.”

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