THE Nigeria Union of Teachers has said the incessant kidnapping of schoolchildren is an avenue for breeding future uneducated leaders.
The Secretary-General of the union, Dr Mike Ike-Ene in an interview with PUNCH mentioned that the fear of going to school was already instilled in the Nigerian students who would be leaders of tomorrow.
Ike-ene who was reacting to the recent kidnapping of students and workers of Government Science College, Kagara in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, explained that there were over 13 million out-of-school-children in Nigeria already, saying that the rate of insecurity and especially kidnapping of these pupils would discourage many of them from going back to school.
“We always say education is falling this has helped it to fall. How are you sure these children will want to come back to school? We may have leaders who are uneducated, as a third world country, we may continue to lag behind while corruption, lack of development, poverty will continue to be the order of the day.”
He thereby encouraged the government at all levels to beef up security with the use of vigilantes, the military and police so that the country would not continue to retrogress educationally.
“The people kidnapping these children are showing that they don’t like western education. They are instilling fear in the children who are leaders of tomorrow. Parents and teachers too are afraid of being kidnapped. We are aware that in the North, they are highly educationally disadvantaged this means that if this kind of a thing should continue, you will find out that a lot of them will no longer go to school. Government at all levels should form vigilantes, all agents of the paramilitary, the state governments should take security as priority.”
Similarly, the national treasurer, NUT, Mr Segun Raheem, also said, “The spate of insecurity as we are witnessing especially kidnapping of school children is unbecoming. The government should be up and doing, and declare a state of emergency on education with a view to resolving all problems in our sector whereby, stakeholders will come up and make presentations and way forward would be suggested and implemented. If we don’t do this early enough the number of out- of-school children will continue to increase, parents may not want to send their children to school again.”