The Ogun State Commissioner for Education and Technology, Professor Arigbabuwo, had explained the feeling of the Ogun State Government as worrisome due to the dimensions the Students violence and indiscipline was taking.
The Commissioner, gave this indication today, Thursday, 9 December, 2021, while briefing the Plenary Session of the Ogun State Elders Forum on the recent waves of violence among Some secondary schools in the Ogun Central and Ogun West Districts.
Professor Arigbabuwo told the Elders, who had invited the number 2 Chief Stakeholder on education in Ogun, to their last 2021 last Quarter Plenary Session, the Valley View Auditorium, to update the elders, disclosed that the State Government had taken immediate and far reaching steps to stem the ugly trend after brainstorming sessions.
According to the Education Ministry Helmsman, the sessions involved some concerned parents, teachers, Directors of Education, 511 secondary principals and others, to find short and long term solutions.
The Commissioner gave the details of various levels of gross indiscipline of the 12 schools involved in the incidents, including Asero High School, Egba High School, Ofada High School and Methodist cutlass tohool, Arigbajo.
Other are Lafenwa High School, Ijoun High School Eyini High School,and Lisabi Grammar School
Professor Arigbabuwo disclosed Steps taken by the Government and other stakeholders as including the following.
1. Early closure of Schools
2. All Schools to have Parents Clubs, this is different to Parents/Teachers Associations.
3. All Students Associations should be more involved. Lisabi Old Boys protested bad publicly.
4. Due to security info some schools were silently closed before 10 December Closing Date.
These were Lisabi Grammar School, Government Technical College Idiaba, and another one.
Responding, the presiding Chairman of the Forum, Dr Ayinde Ibikunle, thanked the Honourable Commissioner for responding to the the Foum’s invitation to brief the concerned Elders on the worrisome development in the Education Sector.
Dr Ayinde Ibikunle said that the Forum was impressed by the all-inclusive steps immediately taken by the Government.
The Presiding Chairman, summarised the contributions of members of the Forum as including, keeping the Students busy throughout the the three terms by engaging them in cumulative State wide competitive and subjects based tests.
He added that the results of the tests should lead to identifying nest subject teachers, schools and students.
Also best behaved schools, and good subject students and teachers would be identified.
One of the Elders, Chief OgoOluwa Bankole, had raised the issue of the forum’s platform, that the Hon
Commissioner for Education be invited to brief the Stakeholder Elders on steps being taken to nib in the bud, any possible reoccurence.
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