Cultism and other social vices in the country’s institutions of higher learning today, is no more news.
The scenario has taken a fresh dimension where female students now lead in most dreaded revenge attacks. Some one sometime ago said that it is better to offend a known male cultist than a female one as the perceived victim always regrets it.
Still in the campuses, there are homosexualism, lesbianism and most especially the practice of prostitution among female students which have almost become an acceptable norm in some higher institutions.
All these and others, some educationists attribute to the poor or half baked graduates that roam the streets today in the guise of no job.
The president of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Dr Peter Harrison who bared his mind in an interview with Campus Insight said the only way out is to “catch them young”.
Dr Harrison noted that parents and guardians should endeavour to ambush their children and wards right from the nursery school and ensure that they know the type of friends they keep.
He argued that the American journalist and humorous writer P.I. O’Rourke who said in one of his books that “power and money are like whiskey and car keys which should not be given to teenage boys” made no mistake, saying that early exposure of children to money spoils them.
In that light, he explained that NAPPS under his leadership will not hesitate to deregister any of its member whose school is involved in any form of wanton practice, ranging from examination malpractice, cultism and other anti-social vices.
He hinted that these will be achieved through its partnership with the Ministry of Education and other sister organizations in Rivers State.
The Rivers State Chapter Head of NAPPS who went memory lane, revealed that their recent visit to the Commissioner of Education, Barr. Alice Nemi-Lawrence was a clear indication that the association is battle ready to take education in the state to the next level.
Furthermore, he revealed that they were there also to consolidate the revalidation exercise, to ensure that those whose schools are yet to be registered do so in the nearest future.
The NAPPS boss who also is the Proprietor of Victory Comprehensive College Elelenwo, hinted that this year’s WAEC and NECO examinations would be supervised by civil servants in the state inorder to achieve its zero tolerance partnership of agreement with the Ministry of Education.
According to him, one of its aims is to complement government’s effort, by insisting on the need for members to have quality school, hinting that no quack proprietor is a NAPPS member.
The VCC’s Proprietor who boasted that his leadership will bring life to the Association, pointed out that he has packaged refined seminal topics, annual conference and an un-edited Children’s Day programme in a bid to keep the ship afloat.
He maintained that his Quality Implementation Committee which was recently inaugurated, will among other things ensure that private schools are sited in conducive environment, where recreational activities will be provided for the students, saying that good environment adds a lot of good things to the student’s life.
On whether the private schools will still exist, going by the rate government is erecting and beautifying public schools, he noted that both will exist along side.
However, he submitted that his target of meeting the aspirations of private schools in the state is still top in his agenda, and called on those whose schools are yet to be registered to do so without further delay in order to maintain its relationship with the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led Administration.