By Ogude Samuel (Warri)
The Committee for the Defense of Human Right has charged teachers in the state and Nigeria at large not to abuse the rights of the pupils/students entrusted in their care by indiscriminate flogging, abandoning of them for private businesses, use of abusive language among others just it charged the government to be alive to its responsibility by giving needed welfare packages to enable them do their work.
The Committee for the Defence of Human Right made this known on Thursday through its Chairman, Delta State branch, Comrade Prince Kehinde Taiga in child right training and sensitization programme organized for Principal,Teachers, and Students of Essi College, Warri, in Warri South Local Government. Area, Delta State.
Comrade Taiga said teachers should know it is the right of the children to learn as abandoning them due to government’s attitude towards their welfare packages is not good as it is the quality of graduates that the school produces that will determine the growth and development of the society.
He said:” these children are entrusted in your care and it is the quality of knowledge imparted into them that will determine the growth and development of our society “.
Comrade Taiga who spoke along with his executive members among whom were State Child Right Unit, Comrade Aghogho Igho, and Secretary, Comrade Jonathan Giama also charged the students to shun all forms of social vices such as cultism, drug abuse, prostitution, homosexuality and respect their teachers and constituted authority and take their studies seriously so that, they can become better persons in future.
Responding, some of the teachers who spoke under anonymity said the state government under the leadership of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has not helped matters as there is indiscriminate deduction of some of the teachers’ salaries, lack of payment of promotion arrears among others.
They therefore used the medium to appeal to the state government to correct these anomalies to make the teaching enjoyable. While thanking the CDHR State Chairman and his entourage for their visit, they urged them to continue with their good work of sensitising the students against social vices and others to make them better persons in future.
Some of the students who spoke include Master Okumagba Abraham (Head boy), Miss Ofele Blessing(Head girl). They appreciated the visit and promised to be good ambassadors of the college.
Earlier, the Principal of the school, Mrs Oputu Margaret Boyowa thanked CDHR Chairman and his entourage for the visit and promised to continue to do their best to bring the students up academically, morally and otherwise for the growth and development of the country