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Delta Govt. Orders Clampdown On Cultism In Schools

By Onomiguren Agbamu

Delta State Government on Thursday ordered a massive clampdown on cultism and cult-related activities in schools across the state.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, who gave the directive at a news conference in Asaba, said the directive became necessary following rising cases of cult-related activities in secondary and primary schools in the state.

He said the State Ministry of Education and relevant supervisory and regulatory authorities have been directed to ensure proper supervision of all schools to nip it in the bud.

According to him, several persons, particularly the civil societies have emphasized the need for parents to up their game and for the society to have a rethink in the management of our youths and young ones.

“But unfortunately, there are also a number of elders, and parents who obviously have not also lived up to their bidding regarding monitoring the behavior and attitude of their children.

“As a government, we have directed that teachers must step up their supervisory roles. Teachers are not only to impart knowledge by way of teaching the pupils or the students whatever is in the curriculum.

“They must also encourage these students to participate in extracurricular activities like games that will promote camaraderie among students and pupils,”

“We have directed that the Ministry of Education, particularly the departments responsible for the supervision of schools, is it private or public, to also intensify efforts,” he said.

The Information Commissioner said schools must deal decisively with devious behavior among students to bring law and order in our schools.

He further remarked that any school where such activities take place risks being closed by the government.

“If there is any child behaving in a manner that is not expected of him, particularly in the primary and secondary schools, we have emphasized that beyond the need to sensitize, drastic actions need to be taken.

“If any school is found to have wards in the cult and nothing is being done about it, the government will come down heavily on such schools.

“If you have children in your school, and you are looking at them critically, you will understand their behavior and not knowing that they belong to some groups will amount to negligence.

“If you have children who gang up to beat up a teacher, you must look beyond the immediate cause of that attack on that teacher to interrogate what must have emboldened them to work as a group to attack a teacher.

“You must also take actions that will make the parents know that they too have not done well.

“It’s quite disheartening, and it is the responsibility of everybody to take this as a matter of urgent state and national importance because we do know that cultism is pervasive across the length and breadth of this country.

“Any school where such thing is found to be existing, the authorities in that school will have to answer, and it could lead to closing down of such schools.

“If any school discovers that children under their tutelage are behaving in a manner not expected of children of that age, it behooves for them to know that the responsibility of bringing up those children goes beyond teaching in the classroom to also monitoring their behavior including how they dress.”

Mr. Aniagwu further said, “the right to do certain things does not extend to children, children of certain age are not free to engage in certain actions otherwise those actions would be termed anti-social.

“If you have children who gang up at the age of 12, 13, to attack a teacher, you know that there must be something behind it.

“Where ordinarily will they summon such guts or courage?, so if a child does that, the school must first take concrete action, including expelling that child and taking up the parents.

“These children would take over from us tomorrow as leaders, so we must not fail in our duty to bring up children of sane minds.

“What we are suffering today largely stems from failures of the parents of the past and so parents of today cannot afford to fail more because it will lead to the doom of tomorrow,” the Commissioner stated.

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