The Delta State Government has revealed that there’s a bill in progress aimed at prohibiting parental visits to their children’s schools during school hours, currently awaiting discussion in the state House of Assembly.
During a special Parents and Teachers Association meeting at Alihame Mixed Secondary School, Mrs. O.M. Olushola, the Chief Inspector of Education for Ika South Local Government Area, shared this information.
Tragically, a teacher at the school, Sunday Ofah, was reportedly killed a few weeks ago by a parent of one of the pupils. The suspect, now in police custody, purportedly entered the school premises and assaulted the teacher in response to disciplinary actions taken against his son.
Olushola highlighted that the meeting aimed to address parents regarding the code of conduct, particularly in light of the tragic incident involving a teacher allegedly killed by a parent.
She said, “Teachers are not monsters but also parents trained to take care of the students under their custody within the hours of 7.30am to 2pm, and teachers train people to become somebody in society.
“I want to let you know that a bill is already in the Delta State House of Assembly to prohibit parents from coming to school during school hours.
“Even when a parent has a genuine report against a teacher, the report should be directed to the principal of the school as a matter of due process.”
She revealed that the state government is actively involved in aiding the family of the deceased, Mr. Ofah, who passed away while in service, and urged parents to lend support to the family during this time.
Isaac Arimokwu, Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, emphasized that teachers undergo thorough training to responsibly care for children entrusted to their care. He advised parents to trust teachers in carrying out their duties effectively.
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