Ebonyi anti-hawking, loitering campaign yield results
The Ebonyi School Committee on Anti-loitering and Anti-hawking during school hours by children of school age, says the campaign is yielding the desired results.
Dr Boniface Nwofia, the committee’s chairman, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abakaliki.
According to him, the campaign which is part of government’s effort at repositioning the education sector began in 2015.
He said that since the exercise began, school children in Ebonyi had imbibed new orientation and were now more disciplined.
“The campaign is a tasking exercise, but I am happy to announce that the committee has been able to deliver on its mandate.
“The success which we celebrate today will not have been possible, but for the support the committee enjoyed from parents, guardians and stakeholders in the education sector.
“We also congratulate the press for identifying with us in the war through the dissemination of the committee’s activities.
“The good news is that loitering, hawking and other forms of indiscipline associated with school children have reduced by 99 per cent, while teachers’ productivity has appreciated,” Nwofia said.
He stressed that the government was committed to executing and enforcing the spirit and consciousness of the free and compulsory Universal Basic Education.
Nwofia described primary and secondary education as critical, as the success of other levels of education was hinged on them.
“You cannot get the tertiary education right unless the primary and post primary levels are well repositioned and streamlined for excellence.
“The war on loitering and hawking are part of conscious efforts geared towards addressing problems confronting primary and secondary education in the state.
“Government has tackled problems of lack of infrastructure, repaired and rehabilitated dilapidated school buildings in parts of the state; as well as trained and retrained teachers for improved capacity,” he added.
NAN reports that the committee is charged with the responsibility to arrest and detain any school child caught hawking, loitering or selling any item during official school hours.
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