The Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Rt. Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun, has issued a caution over the ongoing prohibition on holding social activities on the grounds of public schools.
Rt. Hon. Olatunbosun, who issued the warning in Ado Ekiti, stressed that using public schools for social purposes is an attack on the educational system and that the environment in schools should always be calm, accommodating, reflective, and supportive of knowledge transmission with little disruption of its traditional responsibilities.
He noted that teaching and learning require a high level of mental concentration, reflections and balancing, Olatunbosun emphasised the importance of maintaining peaceful atmosphere that supports deep reasoning in school environments.
“Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s administration is committed to educational development, implementing free and compulsory education up to senior secondary school level as part of their Human Capital Development pillar., he said
“The State Government is investing in teacher capacity and renovating infrastructure through SUBEB and the World Bank-assisted AGILE project, while also providing perimeter fencing and WASH facilities.”
He identified the use of school halls, playfields, classrooms and other school facilities for social events as one of the factors impeding teaching and learning outcomes in public schools
The Commissioner expressed concern over the misuse of school grounds, including various infractions and desecrations, and noted that gathering arrangements sometimes begin during school hours.
Olatunbosun said that “in most cases, the preparations for the events’ receptions which include the erection of tents/canopies may begin on Thursdays even when the schools are in session. When they occur during the weekends and holidays, buildings and the landscapes in these schools are defaced and infrastructures damaged”.
“The damage can only be imagined as the schools were often thrown into frenzy of avoidable disconcerting guests, causing distraction for the students.
“Even, after the event, the school playfields and the entire environments are littered with empty sachets of water/drinks, broken bottles, and empty plastic containers of water, drinks, decayed food items and other irritating wastes which are left for the pupils to pick and clean up on Mondays. All these are additions to the health hazards arising from the enormous refuse generated during the events”.
”The furniture in the classrooms and windows, were often damaged by these intruders and there have cases of theft, burglary with the school buildings used as hide-out for drug peddling and consumption. The unwholesome practices not only compound the incidences of social vices in the society but regrettably became a bad influence on the children”.
He consequently pleaded with all parties involved to aid in the government’s efforts to better the State and the condition of its citizens, notably in the area of education, and he emphasized that the ban on social activities in public schools will now be strictly implemented.