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FCTA cautions against immoral behaviour In schools

The FCT Education Secretariat has vowed to close down any school that contravenes operational standards in the territory in relation to immoral behaviour.

The Secretary, FCT Education Secretariat, Malam Sani El-katuzu issued the warning in Abuja when he led top FCTA Staff to monitor some schools in Abuja.

The monitoring tour has come following the controversy trailing the recent sex scandal involving some students of Lagos Chrisland School during an international sports competition in Dubai.

Malam El-katuzu said it was vitally important to guard against the trend among schoolchildren everywhere.

He also used the opportunity to call on parents and guardians not to leave the task of providing their children and wards with quality training to the teachers alone.

According to him, kids that are jointly and well nurtured in morals and academics by parent and teacher alike are better able to stand out in the society, both in character and learning.

Mallam El-katuzu said officers from the FCT Department of Quality Assurance had recently visited Chrisland school and other schools, including public ones, in order to enforce standing school rules and regulations in the FCT.

The Education Secretariat, he warned, would not hesitate to close any school found to be in default.

“Our people do their job by constantly visiting both public and private schools, which is why we have low incidences of unfortunate situations in our schools,” he asserted.

“I would advise parents to take the training of their students very seriously. We should not surrender our parental responsibility to schools.”

The Principal of one of the schools visited in Abuja, Taiwo Adenariwo disclosed that some of the sanctions imposed on Chrisland in Lagos have been lifted, because the investigation was still ongoing.

He, however, appealed to the FCT Secretary for Education to create a platform where parents can also be addressed on such issues, in order to help create a decent environment for learning.

“… the FCT Education Secretariat has done well in visiting us to offer advice,” he said.

“We must also begin to bring parents into the narratives… to know that there are consequences for some of the things that we do with our children.”

Reporting by Remi Johnson; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor