By Ifeoma Aka
Enugu, March, 4, 2021 Enugu State House of Assembly has called on school principals and teachers to be strict in enforcing discipline in all secondary schools in the state.
Mr James Akadu, the assembly’s Committee on Education gave the charge in Enugu on Thursday when the committee visited Post Primary School Management Board, (PPSMB), as part of its oversight function.
Akadu said that the strict enforcement of discipline in secondary schools would go a long way in curtailing social vices especially cultism among students of public schools in the state.
The committee chairman decried the worsening indiscipline and cultism being experienced in both urban and rural secondary schools in the state.
While warning that the acts was capable of lowering standard of education in Enugu state, he gave the assurance that the committee would come up with mechanism to tackle the menace.
The lawmaker directed the PPSMB to embark on re-orientation of the students, noting that most students who indulged in indiscipline and cultism were ignorant of its implications.
“I want to emphasize on what my colleagues have said about the need for the re-orientation of our children and students.
I think this is the work of PPSMB to re-orient the teachers and parents as well.
“When parents know what their responsibilities are, children even if they are to misbehave, few of them will misbehave.
“Because if you give those children the impetus to challenge the teacher, the child will demonstrate that his or her parents are behind him or her.
“So, it is something you must start and start immediately across all secondary schools in Enugu,” the lawmaker said.
Two members of the committee, Mr. Chinedu Nwamba and Mr. Sam Ngene, called on the board to urgently address the issue of cultism ravaging many secondary schools.
He wondered why secondary students would prefer to join cultism instead of focusing on their education.
Earlier, the Director of School Supervision in the Board, Mrs. Martina Ugwu, told the lawmakers that many female teachers were afraid to punish male students to avoid being attacked by them.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary Board, Mrs Favour Ugwuanyi, asked the state government to intervene in the encroachment into schools land by communities.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the board would soon commence renovation of dilapidated and burnt schools across the state in order to make the schools conducive for teaching and learning activities.
She promised to involve the committee in all the activities of the board to ensure that education is given the needed attention in Enugu State.
Naija247news reports that the oversight visit to the board was the first one embarked by the committee since the dissolution of the former board 2021.