Ogun to sanction private school owners over admission of expelled students

The Ogun State Government has threatened to sanction owners of private schools in the state that admit any student expelled from public schools.

The government also threatened to name and shame any culpable pupils at the school, zonal and state levels where any pupils were found wanting.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbagbu, stated this on Tuesday, at a press briefing held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital to unveil the strategies mapped out to tackle juvenile delinquencies in schools in the state.

Arigbagbu stated this due to the series of crimes recently committed by pupils in public schools which led to the abrupt closure of some schools last year.

The Commissioner stated that the reason for the press briefing was to roll out the government’s strategies to tackle juvenile delinquencies and recent social vices in public schools in the state.

Arigbabu said the government would not only announce erring students publicly as a deterrent to others but will also reward and award best-behaved pupils who have distinguished themselves in academics and character.

He added that as a responsible government, it could not sit down and allow continuous misbehaviour in the state’s public schools.

The Commissioner ascribed these misbehaviours to bad parenting, social media, peer group, wrong role models, economic situations.

He also attributed lack of unqualified and unwilling teachers not using the right approach, shortage of teachers, sexual promiscuity, moral laxity, the craze for easy wealth, procrastination, low self-esteem, congestion of classes, security, dual registration and ineffective communication between teachers and learners to the challenges.

Arigbabu said the ministry would be holding a series of meetings with security agencies, principals and Heads of Schools, Parents and Teachers Associations and others, to form effective alliances against vices and juvenile delinquencies in schools.

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