By Kehinde Oluwatayo
An educationist, Dr Nike Oyinloye has said that over stressing students after school hours can result in loss of concentration.
Oyinloye who made the disclosure during an interview with The Hope said that stretching the cognitive ability of a child beyond limit will result in lack of interest in academic work.
According to her, children should be allowed to rest after school work to allow for psychological and emotional balance as they grow.
“When you task their brains beyond measure and they accumulated so much, naturally by the concept of readiness, the body on its own will require rest and switch off from the bombardment of studying they have acquired over time.
“And as a result of that, most of these children will become disinterested in academic work and will want to get off the hook.
“In an ideal situation and for the development of the child, after being in school for may be 8am to 2pm, he should come back home, have his siesta, do his assignments if he has, play, rest and refresh for the next day.
Oyinloye said some public schools’ teachers indulge in lessons after school hours against government’s directive to make some money since they are not getting their pay on time.
She said some parents engage private lesson teachers for their children because they are not sure their teachers taught them properly in school particularly students of public schools.
On why some private schools still make sure that their pupils wait for extra lesson after teaching during normal school hours, Oyinloye said they are out to make profit.
“These children should not be over saddled with much load, they don’t need it. They will naturally catch up with what they need to know. When we were young in the village, after school we would play, nobody took us through our assignment yet we caught up with our mates who got it on a plater of gold”.
She advised government to take good care of teachers so that they will be committed to their work.
She added that private organisations should be engaged to monitor both private and public schools in the state to ensure the right thing is done.