By Kehinde Oluwatayo
Chairman of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPPS, in Ondo State, Mr Ajinde Mebawondu has called on government to engage security operatives to arrest students roaming the street during school hours.
Mebawondu who made the call during an interview with The Hope noted that fences in most of the schools are porous making it difficult for schools managements to keep students.
The chairman who is also the principal of Ilaje High School, Igbokoda said some students will come in through the main gate and leave through another entrance without permission and without the knowledge of the school authority.
“One of the ways by which government can curb roaming of students during school hours is by arresting such students. In my own school, I am trying to get in touch with a security outfit in our area to arrest any student found roaming the street in uniform during school hours.
“In my school again, no one has the right to send any student back home for any reason the moment the student enters into the school no matter what he or she does, you can only warn him not to repeat it.
“The school gateman can only man the main gate of the school and there are other entrances in school through which these students leave after coming in in the morning. If you find them outside and you say you want to beat them, it can lead to child abuse. But if they are arrested by security agents, it will serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.
Mebawon who advised schools management to follow up students to their homes, stated that such step will reduce truancy and absenteeism among students.
He said truancy and absenteeism will result in producing half baked students and will rub off on the society if not curbed.
The chairman also advised parents to ensure that their children and wards are always in school adding that nobody can know what he or she is not taught.