“Students” pose/posture in photograph at school gate [Premium Times]
“Students” dressed in their egúngún – masquerade – outfits on way to “school” in Osun in response to Muslim females wearing hijab
A classroom at Iwo Baptist High School [Premium Times]
With news reports showing some Christian students wearing religious garments, the stage is gradually being set for chaos in the state’s school system, a situation that most students would enjoy.
Unfortunately, students,especially in secondary (high) schools in Nigeria are not interested in learning these days, a situation brought about by lack of supervision at home and a school environment that has become highly unsuitable for learning.
With the state’s judicial system ruling that female students have the “fundamental rights” to wear the Muslim hijab to schools, the Christian Association of Nigeria has also assumed a belligerent stand, insisting that:
“This declaration violates the religious right of the original owners of the missionary schools as agreed upon when the schools were taken over by the then government of Oyo State in 1975.”
As students, who must be taking the whole confusion as a big joke entered school wearing cassocks, chorister robes … there were reportedly Catholic, Baptist and some other Christian parents on hand at Iwo, a city in the state who told reporters:
“We are here to ensure that no student is send (sic) back home from school,” – Head of the Catholic Bloc of CAN in Iwo, Paul Olagoke.
This is a very unfortunate situation, especially for the students who are the ones – along with their long-suffering and mostly poor parents – that will suffer in this show of force between the governor and the mission school owners: not the governor whose term will end and he will move on, not the mission school proprietors who cannot win against government, and definitely not journalists, parents with their kids in private schools and others.
It is hoped that he who has all the power to stem the impending total chaos, the governor of Osun State, Aregbesola, will take the students’ interest to heart and allow Muslim students, whose parents knew their children were posted to Christian schools where hijab was not part of the uniforms, to go back to the status quo.
A return of schools to the proprietors as Ajimobi in Nigeria’s Oyo State has started is not only the answer to this problem which started in Osun recently because it should bring peace but it will relieve the state of heavy burden on education although it MUST pay teachers what it owes in salary arrears.
And a December 2002 essay by this blogger for her weekly essays for The Comet on Sunday which was posted on this blog as –
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