- Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools has expressed concern over the spate of security threats in schools
- The confederation has called for an insurance policy for school personnel and students against terrorists-related hazards
- It noted that attack on schools is aimed at weakening the society
Worried over the spate security threats in school, Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) has called for an insurance policy for school personnel and students against terrorist-related hazards.
The call was made at its 61st annual national congress in Akure, Ondo state, where it noted that terrorist attacks in schools were getting out of hands, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com notes that while briefing newsmen, the national president of ANCOPSS, Izuagie Anselm, said that the service years of teachers should be reviewed to 65 years of age and 40 years of service.
Anselm said: “The Congress recommended that there should be an effective insurance policy covering schools personnel and students against terrorist-related hazards. Schools should be fenced, provided with trained guards as well as modern security gadgets. School personnel and students should be trained and equipped for self-protection against possible terrorist attack.
"Government should endeavour to make regular recruitment of qualified teachers a priority. There should be a political will to implement the enabling laws regarding engagement and retirement of personnel.
“Schools are institutions that strengthen societal cohesion, attack on them is aimed at weakening the society. The unmanaged depletion of qualified teachers in our public schools is worrisome. Extant laws on engagement and retirement of teachers are generally not properly implemented. Engagement and retirement of teacher manpower has become subject of political convenience rather than socio-economic needs."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, promised adequate support for the security of lives and property of students of Federal Unity Colleges and other schools in Nigeria.
The minister gave this promised in Abuja on Monday, April 9, at the inauguration of the central planning committee on security education and awareness campaign for principals and teachers of federal government colleges.
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