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The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Ogun state capital has blamed lack of proper awareness of the criteria for promotion of public school students as responsible for violence against teachers in the state.
The Chairman of the association, Akeem Lasisi, noted that students who failed promotional exams believed that the school intentionally wanted them to repeat the class.
He said the students however did not know that the schools are guided by the government’s standards and rather transfer their anger on their teachers.
Lasisi said, “the students believed that the school is responsible for them having to repeat a class whereas, it is the standard set up by the government to promote learners to the next class.
“As a result of this misconception, some of the students ganged up together to discipline the members of staff and the school authorities in the various schools.
.But we recorded a low level of indiscipline during the first quarter of the session.
“We have laid down principles for promoting students from one class to another.
“The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, set the circular that all the schools in Ogun state should use the guidelines to promote students from one class to another.
“This was not known to the students, most of the students that failed in most of the schools believed it was the school that make them repeat , not knowing that the government sent down a guideline to promote students from one class to another.
While citing cases of students beating the teachers , Lasisi said “that was what caused the crisis in Ibafo, that was what caused the crisis in one school in Yewa Awori.
” But that of Yewa Awori did not generate to the extent that it would cause havoc to the school but that of Ibafo caused havoc and damage to the school properties.”
While noting that the level of indiscipline among students has reduced drastically, Lasisi emphasized the need for more practical actions to curb the menace.
He said “The level of indiscipline has reduced drastically but we recorded a scene at Ibafo where some set of students invaded the school and destroyed school properties and that of members of staff due to their inability to be qualified for promotion to the next class.”
Lasisi, who noted that there is a tremendous reduction in indiscipline in schools, attributed it to the effectiveness of the undertaking signed by the students and their parents.
“We need to give glory to the Almighty God because unlike the previous session and terms, the first quarter of this session was somehow good for the education sector in the state.
“Unlike in the past when we had lawless invasions by parents in schools where parents will invade schools with thugs as a result of beating their children in school. All these had reduced.
“This could be a result of the letter of undertaking signed by parents.” He noted
The union leader who reiterated that misconduct in public schools is due to lack of awareness of the government’s laid down standards for a promotion called on the state government to make the criteria for the promotion of students in public schools known to all stakeholders in the education sector.
“For any promotion, you want to do in the state, the government should make it open, to both the students, the parents, and even the community, so that the students will not believe it to be the school that would be repeating them.
“I will appeal to the government that in subsequent promotion exercises, the government should disclose openly the criteria for promoting students from one class to another because given the schools that we have a crisis regarding the promotion to the next class as a result of a lack of information for the parents and students.
“We are having standard exams for all the schools in Ogun State and we are having unified exams for all the schools in Ogun state, for the first term, second term, and third term.
“So there is no way a single school will provide the guideline to promote students. It is only the government that would provide the guidelines.”
He, however, urged teachers to ensure an effective and efficient teaching-learning process to reduce the rate of low academic performance of public school students.
He said, “when we are teaching these students, we should teach them to learn, not to teach them to pass, because when you teach them to learn, it becomes part and parcel of them, even up to the time they would get to the certificate class.
“But if you teach them to pass, you just teach them, they’ll write the exam for that term, and that is the end. By the time they’ll be writing the final exam, either for WAEC or BECE, they will have forgotten everything.
“Let us put it in our mind that we would teach them to learn and not to pass only. Then we should continue to discharge our duty to the best of our ability.
“Even though the environment under which we do, we discharge our ability may not be 100 percent satisfied to us, we should have the belief that one day, we will get the reward of our profession.”
He also advised the student and society to celebrate morals and values rather than indiscipline.
“And to the students, I want to let them know that this popular saying that education is a scam, is nothing but a fallacy. For you to be successful in life, you must be educated. It is wrong to say that education is a scam.
“Because our students have already lost confidence, they’ve already lost the sense of direction. They believe in Yahoo-Yahoo and they believe if you are involved in Yahoo-Yahoo, you would make it in a day.
“That is not good for the development of the nation. They should continue to face their studies and continue to give respect to the school authority and members of staff because it is a result of a lack of core values in society that is responsible for the lack of discipline among the students.
“These students want to make it in a day, they want to be successful in a day and they believe it is only through malpractice that they can make it. And this would not help them.
“They are copying what is happening in society and they’re not blind anyways. They believe if you’re a thug in society, you would be respected and without it, you would not have your way.
“People give respect to those people that are not cautious, those people that are hooligans and thugs. Society doesn’t respect people unless they have something at hand.” He added
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