The Edo State government has disclosed plans to review its admission policies into schools across the State for population control and strict enforcement of discipline as part of measures to check attacks on teachers and school facilities.
Dr. Joan Osa-Oviawe, the Commissioner for Education disclosed this in Idogbo Secondary School in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the State.
The aim of the visit by the Commissioner who was among the delegation that was led by Governor Godwin Obaseki, is to assess the level of damage on the school’s facilities that were recently destroyed by some students and hoodlums numbering 49.
“We want to create an enabling environment for all our students, not just infrastructure but also to provide psychosocial services for schools like this. We are going to make sure that there are guidance counselors and there are careers counselors”, according to Oviawe who described the menace as disturbing.
According to the Commissioner, “This is a very disturbing occurrence in this school. We are taking a very specific step to address this problem once and for all, so as to make sure it doesn’t happen in other parts of the state.
“We are going to review our policies on admission for us to decongest our schools. The population of this school is high, so it’s important that we address this issue before this school is reopened.
“Damage has been done and there are still some other additional things that we need to do to ensure that we provide a conducive environment for learning for this school and similar schools.”
“We are going to meet with all the communities where some of these students come from and meet with the parents and collectively come up with a solution that will help bring back discipline and accountability into our school”.
“Government has zero-tolerance for this kind of unruly behavior. It is not acceptable as there was no reason for this. We are not going to stand for this kind of behaviour; the parents and the students are going to be held accountable for this,” she reassured.
Earlier, Mr. Sunday Osaretin, the principal of Idogbo Secondary School, briefed the delegation about what transpired.
Osaretin revealed that some students and unknown hoodlums numbering 49, invaded the school premises hauling dangerous objects at students and teachers.
He stressed that the intervention of police operatives and vigilante salvaged the situation, adding that the State Governor has approved the recruitment of teachers under the Edo STAR fellowship programme to fill in gaps that already exist in the Senior schools.