Parents In Ikorodu Clamour For Return of Discipline In Public Schools
-New TG/PS parleys with Parents’ Forum, cautions against levy, indiscipline.
By Kunle Adelabu
Mr Olaniyi Yinka Gbemi, the new Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District II at the parley with the Parents’ Forum in Ikorodu on Tuesday, March 8, 2017.
If the demand of the Parents’ Forum in Ikorodu Division that disciplinary measures should be reintroduced is anything to go by, the Ministry of Education in Lagos State may consider the reversal of its ban on discipline of pupils and students in the state’s public schools especially the bringing back of the ‘canning’ system.
The parents in unison called on the state government through Mr Olaniyi Yinka Gbemi, the new Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District II and his Directors during a parley on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, held at the Nigeria Union of Teachers’ Building located within the premises of Oga and Ayangburen Primary Schools.
At the parley, which was designed to get feedback from the Parents’ Forum on challenges facing public schools in the division and educate them on the government’s policies, problems facing the schools as submitted by the participants ranges from lack of infrastructures (i.e. benches, tables, toilets), inadequate classrooms, insecurity, need for fencing, indiscipline among students and negligence by some teachers.
“We are here to hear what the challenges are in your various schools so as to put them before the government in order to provide your children and teachers conducive environments to learn and work with. The government is desirous of providing enabling environment”, said the Tutor-General.
While warning against levying students in public schools, Mr Gbemi also encouraged the parents to support the government in whatever way they could in proving facilities and amenities.
“It is against the policy of the Lagos State government for anybody to levy the students. But as partners in progress, you can assist the government in providing facilities to compliment what the government is providing. Parents could agree through their various forums to contribute voluntarily in providing amenities in their schools, but no students should be asked to bring anything.”
He also cautioned Parents’ Forum’s exco against sit-tight syndrome and called for change in offices every two years as stated in the law that created the body.
“Membership of Parents’ Forum executives are expected to spend two years in office after which there must be election to bring in new executives. At the end of every tenure, the principal have the power to dissolve and call for another election. The maximum term anybody can serve as executive is two terms” stated the Tutor-General.
He added that it was because of the parents’ protest against brutalization by some teachers that made the state government to prohibit the use of canes,but however challenged the parents to caution and instill discipline in their wards from home.
He further warned that his Tutor-Generalship would not hesitate to wield the big stick against any erring students, while also assuring them that all their protests and requests would be looked into appropriately.
Mrs Adeniji Bolanle, a member of the Ikorodu Senior Grammar School Parents’ Forum while contributing at the parley complained of overcrowded classes, admission of under-aged students and destruction of facilities by the under-age students who according to him, do not realise that they are in secondary school. She called for the pegging of the admission age at 10years before allowing such children into secondary school and reintroduction of disciplinary system because of gross indiscipline among students.
Pastor Bassey Folorunsho, Secretary, Parents’ Forum, Isawo Comprehensive College, complained about flood which is disturbing the school especially during raining season, collapsed gate and insecurity of the education environment and also called on the government to see to the school’s requests.
Representatives of the Isawo and Reri Community Schools complained of invasion of their schools by miscreants.
Mrs Akinsanya Luqman, Secretary, Oriwu Junior Model College, Ikorodu, called on the government to build befitting hostels for the students and erect collapsed fence at the back of the school to prevent encroachment.A member of the Gberigbe Junior Secondary School’s Parents’ Forum in her own submission, complained about the neglect of duties by teachers in the school and enjoined the state government to address the situation for the sake of the students.
The parley was not all about complaints and requests as representative of the parents’ forum from United Senior High and Oga Senior High Schools thanked the state government for providing blocks of classrooms to addressed the problems of lack of space and provisions of chairs and benches while also requesting for more government intervention.
Mr Ogunnowo Olusegun, Chairman, Oreyo Senior Community School’s Parents’ Forum, while thanking the state government for the facelift of their school,also called for the return of Neighbourhood Watch officers to provide security across schools in the state.
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