Rivers: School Heads To Face Discipline For Aiding Cultism
By PHC Telegraph
School Heads who allow cultism to flourish under their watch are to be ruthlessly dealt with by the Rivers State Government.
The Rivers State Governor said Government is increasingly worried by the indulgence of more children of school age in cultism related activities.
Fubara noted that cultism has become so widespread that it has taken root even in primary schools.
The cultism trend, the governor observed, is fast eroding discipline in schools and affecting the attitude and behavior of students under the care of school heads.
The State’s number one citizen said the idea is to provide top notch institutions that would groom future leaders, not training grounds for cultists who engage in anti-social behavior and endanger society.
Accordingly, Fubara warned principals and headmasters of both secondary and primary schools to take appropriate responsibility for rearing young and impressionable minds.
He said government would continue to invest heavily on the renovation of schools as well as the provision of educational facilities in order to create better environments for teaching and learning.
But he warned that his government will no longer allow school heads found shielding cult practices to remain on its payroll.
“Any principal found to be associated with cultism will be dismissed from service”, Fubara warned during a project commissioning ceremony at Borikiri in the State capital.
Commissioning the renovated school, the State Governor noted, “Today, we have a world-class edifice” which he explained is dedicated to the proper upbringing of children.
“We have an environment that fosters a deep appreciation for learning, ensuring our students are happy to be in school.”
This, he pointed out, ought to also “motivate our teachers and inspire them to give their best.”
Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri, Port Harcourt, it will be recalled, is one of the oldest institutions in the State.
In the past, it held a record for churning out competent, mature and qualified students who are occupying top positions in society.
Barrister OCJ Okocha’s (SAN), a product of the premier institution and one-time President of the Nigeria Bar Association, invited to perform the commissioning of the renovated project thanked the Governor for his focus on the renaissance of quality education at all levels.
He recalled his years as a youth while attending the school and said he and other old boys were happy with what is being done by the State to restructure the school and boost learning.
The Port Harcourt Telegraph reports that Government Comprehensive Secondary is among Nigeria’s premier schools.
Our survey shows that the school was established through the collaboration of the United States Government of John F. Kennedy represented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the then government of Eastern Region, Nigeria in 1962.
Its foundation teaching staff were professors of the University of California, Los Angeles, led by Professor Lynne C. Monroe.
Monroe was principal of the school from inception until June 1964 when he returned to UCLA.
Lynne C. Monroe was born on March 27, 1906 in Cherokee, Kansas, and died in Santa Monica, California on September 9, 1983.
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