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Reminiscing The GoldenDays Of Secondary School In Kaduna, By Paul Danjuma OKPO

IN the bustling city of Kaduna, nestled amidst its vibrant culture and rich history, lies a treasure trove of memories cherished by those who were fortunate enough to experience the golden era of secondary school education.

During this time, education was not just a privilege but a right bestowed upon every student, fostering an environment of inclusivity and empowerment. Students were provided with everything they needed to thrive, from free textbooks to uniforms, housewares, and even blankets, ensuring that no one was left behind due to financial constraints.


For boarding students, life was akin to a home away from home, with three hearty meals served daily, along with weekly supplies of washing soap and tissue paper. Fresh fruits, a luxury for many, were generously distributed twice a week, adding a touch of freshness and vitality to their routine. Moreover, as the term drew to a close, each boarding student was gifted with transport money to facilitate their journey home and back for the new term, a gesture that spoke volumes about the institution’s commitment to their welfare.

One of the hallmarks of this era was the diverse array of teachers who graced the classrooms, hailing from various corners of the globe. From Indians to Pakistanis, Filipinos to Ghanaians, Britons to Americans, this multicultural tapestry of educators brought with them a wealth of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences, enriching the educational landscape and broadening the horizons of their students.

But perhaps what truly set this era apart was the meticulously crafted curriculum that formed the backbone of the educational experience. Designed to nurture not just academic prowess but also critical thinking, creativity, and holistic development, the curriculum laid the foundation for lifelong learning and success, equipping students with the tools they needed to navigate an ever-changing world with confidence and resilience.

As we look back on those golden days of secondary school in Kaduna, we are reminded not just of the academic achievements but also of the bonds forged, the lessons learned, and the memories cherished. It was a time when education was not just a means to an end but a journey of discovery, growth, and empowerment—a legacy that continues to inspire generations to come.

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