Oyo govt reads riot act to principals, teachers over students’ unrest
Oyo state government has registered its displeasure over rumours of escalating and alarming rates of disturbances in schools within the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem disclosed that the present administration, led by Engineer Seyi Makinde has vowed to end the unwarranted trend of happenings.
The Commissioner, who paid an unscheduled visit to some schools in Ibadan the Oyo State capital on Friday, while addressing the principals and teachers at the various schools visited, instructed that students should be kept busy, as an idle hand is a devil’s workshop.
The schools visited included Zumuratu Ihjaji Grammar School Odinjo; Muslim Grammar School Odinjo; CAC Grammar School Aperin; Government Secondary School Orita Aperin and Government Technical College Orita Aperin.
According to the Commissioner, “henceforth, principals of schools should take charge and ensure appropriate discipline, and peace in their schools. No school should allow any form of unrest, but ensure hitch free session”.
In company of the Commissioner were the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Security, The Perm.Sec. Ministry of Education, the DPO Idi-Aro, DPO Ogbere and top Ministry of Education Officials.
The unscheduled visit was as a result of the trending videos of past fracas between the students around the axis and the way to find a lasting solution to it.
The team went round the schools, students hide-outs in neighbouring communities and discussed with some community leaders.
The Commissioner used the medium to appeal to the general public, community leaders and parents to cooperate with government in ensuring moral upbringing among the students.
He urged the principals and staff to be vigilant, identify the bad eggs for counselling and rehabilitation.
Abdu-Raheem cleared the issue of trending video that there was no incident of such in recent time but the one that happened 2018.
On the other video trending on damaged students furniture donated by the Old Students of CAC, the students confirmed that government furniture supplied to them were of good quality.
The Commissioner, however warned the principals not to ask students to take damaged furniture out for repair henceforth.
Abdu-Raheem in his remark charged school heads to live up to their expectations in sanctioning culprits.
The Commissioner reiterated that school principals and compromised teachers will from now be held responsible for instability and chaos in schools.