Sunday, 20 November 2016

Anambra roars in Moral Rejuvenation

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Character education could be described as ways of inculcating into children manners that will help them develop moral, civic, good mannered, behaved, non-bullying, healthy, critical, compliant or socially acceptable beings.

In the medieval days, prior to the advent of the formal school system, storytelling, greetings and African moonlight tales were used to imbibing moral values such as honesty, truth, peaceful living, tolerance, maintenance of good family image, integrity, independence and bravery, to the younger generations.

This was accomplished through high standard of discipline and exemplary life style parents exhibited to enable their children adapt to what they were been taught, even as the bad behaves were decisively punished or disciplined by their beloved, and the society at large.

With coming of formal education into Africa, moral instruction was introduced into school curriculum, under the eagle eyes of religious institutions, which were allocated periods of conducting it among pupils and students of both Primary and Secondary Schools.

Regrettably, the concept was later scrapped from the school system, amidst the era of technological advancement and emergency of internet cum social media networking sites like internet, facebook, wassatp, 2go, etc.

The resultants effects, according to experts, were high rate of moral decadence and other social vices, namely; cultism, examination malpractice, loitering, truancy, theft, homosexuality, lesbianism, drug abuse, lateness to school, armed robbery, prostitution, child trafficking, money laundering, destruction of lives and properties, murder, ritual, disobedience to laws and order, stubbornness, disrespect, indolence, drunkenness, thuggery, etc.

To stem the tide, some moral experts under the aegis of Chaplain Corps Policing Explorers (CHAPOL), a non-governmental organisation, approached several states of Nigeria to discuss partnership with education commission.

Anambra State, welcomed the idea, and in 2012, the State Ministry of Education through Post Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC) allowed CHAPOL to teach and organise conferences for reactivation of rectitude among secondary school students.   

Speaking at the fourth annual CHAPOL/PPSSC conference, held at Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, the capital of Anambra State, the State CHAPOL Commander, Joseph Ekwunife lamented that the youths have been so exposed to societal irresponsibility in the quest for affluence and get-rich quick syndrome, which according to him, lead them into so many immoral activities.

According to him, “We saw it as an unavoidable need to begin the crusade of moral rebirth and rejuvenation among youth in government secondary schools in the state because the state of decay and rascality among secondary school students have come to the point where if nothing is done urgently, it may lead to declaring a state of emergency.

“This is why we have adopted teaching technique and proper mentoring to appeal to students’ conscience. Not even the attacks on our officers by thugs hired by some private school owners who take pleasure in destroying the future of our students through examinations malpractice could deter us. A certain group of them attacked us on 23rd April 2015 while we were monitoring WAEC Examinations, and inflicted degrees of injuries on our officers, lost money and other valuables.”

He further disclosed that in 2015, the command, among other things, awarded one year scholarship to fourteen best Junior Secondary Schools Examinations (JSS3-WAEC) students selected from Anambra State six education zones and Aguleri town, prompting the State Ministry of Education to authorize them to be checkmating lateness, loitering and truancy across 257 government secondary schools with a view to nipping the menace in the bud.

As a result, Ekwunife added that the command would in 2017, focus on regularity of her programs, frequent schools visitations to assists the principals in checking the excesses of some earring students, organising series of educational competitions, establishment of a scholarship scheme to reach out best students and some indigent students that cannot pay their school fees, especially in the rural areas.

In their various contributions, some stakeholders, who spoke at the event, while bemoaning that immoral act became rampart at eve of technological advancement and social media, which ought to have re-sharpened the society, enumerated possible ways of curbing the ugly menace.

That was because the Chairman of the occasion, Bishop E.C. Obiorah of Life Faith Gospel Assembly, 3-3 Onistha, observed that the youths grown with right kind values would see it as a way of life and thereof render good service when placed in authority.

To Nzemeka Olisa, the Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), CHAPOL should be sponsored to step down their activities in Primary School sector, been a foundational level, where he believed that a lot of decay has crept into the system which the teachers cannot handle.

Contributing, Lady Joy Ulasi, the Chairman of PPSC, urged schools proprietors, principals and teachers to sustain the ban the government placed on use of phones in schools premises by students in order to stop distracting their attention from teaching and learning processes.

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, represented by the State Commissioner of Education, Kate Omenugha, while urging CHAPOL not to relent on her kind gesture, charged teachers to be of good conduct as according to her, students love to copy their characters and lifestyles.

Additionally, Paul Ifeanyi, (PhD) the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Secondary School Education hinted that, “Teachers now take teaching appointment when their choice careers have disappointed them. The issue of repositioning teaching profession will be handled from different angles. The policy makers on education, the teachers’ trainers, parents and the community at large must be engaged in this crusade. Public awareness and intense orientation must be employed.”

However, the Chairman/CEO of Orient Group of Companies Nig. LTD., Godwin Ezeemo, represented by Dr Edward Ezenwafor, enjoined the government to improve on teachers welfare, train and retrain teachers, as well as sponsor them for local and international competitions, conferences, lectures, workshops and seminars so as to impact on them positively for onward transition to students.

Ezeemo, equally asked schools not to ban use of phones, but to rather, train both the teachers and students on how to enhance their studies using technological and social media advancements.

Earlier speaking, the Commandant General of CHAPOL in Nigeria, and Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, South East zone, His Grace Archbishop David Ebelechukwu maintained that CHAPOL would continue to advocate for moral rectitude and disabuse of social media among students and pupils.



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