Put simplistically, this topic wants to examine the fundamentals of primary and secondary levels of education in the development of any nation. When we speak of primary and secondary levels of education, we are speaking of foundational levels. That is the level which education takes its root. Education itself is defined by modern English dictionary as ‘the act or process of acquiring knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life’. National in the context of this topic is certainly not the anthropological or political science perception of what is ‘national’, the constitutional contemplation of what is a ‘nation’ or ‘national’ will suffice for addressing this topic at this level of learning. The oath of office of the president of Nigeria contained in the seventh schedule to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 deduces a nation as a political entity of people within a national boundary defined and protected by the same constitution which provisions must be defended by the president. Therefore issues affecting the collecting lives of the people within themselves or between them and other nations are said to be national. Its economy and distribution, politics, citizenship, rights and privileges, etcetera are the relationship between nations in competitive globalized economy of the 21st century are too weighty to be left in the hands of people whose educational foundation are quackery like we often hear of today in the terminology ‘unemployable graduates’ are foundational problem in the root of education process. Today absence of integrity and sound moral amongst young men and women now plaguing homes and society like ‘the get rich quickly syndrome’ are issues of flawed educational root. Show me a country whose educational process at primary and secondary levels are morally and intellectually sound like in Grace Garden Schools I will most probably show you a sane society. The question is, compare with tertiary level of education what degree of attention should a country give to education at primary and secondary level of training? To effectively address this question let us examine the connotation of the term foundation at least in the context of the definition of a structural engineer. To the structural engineer, the foundation of a building is called ‘The Substructure’ while all that is above it is called ‘the superstructure’. To them the substructure carries the superstructure. If the substructure is bad, the super structure must be bad. In other words substructure is the mother of superstructure.
He phenomenal growth of Grace International School within a period of fourteen years from erstwhile three bedroom bungalow in Maitama with four children of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees to the now sprawling School in Maitama, to Wuye School, then to the new world class ten hectares land space college in Kuje can only be explained by a school that is standing on her niche and her edge subsumed in her vision.
Life from the urban to the rural area is all about competition. Competition is on the basis of the quality of what you have to offer the world. What a nation offers the world is a function of the quality of the human capital development at her disposal.