Nigerian Public Schools Lack Discipline Says Ex-Commandant

A former Commandant of the Command Secondary School, Kaduna, Col. Eddy Vincent (rtd) has decried the growing level of indiscipline in public schools across the country.

Col. Vincent, who retired from military service in 1995 as Commandant of Command Secondary School Kaduna, attributed what he called the degenerating discipline in public schools to the overbearing influence of parents in the affairs of schools. He gave this observation in Abuja, during the 20th anniversary get-together of the Class of 1995 of the school, conveyed by Omolola Fasanya, an alumnus of the school.

His words: “There’s not much discipline in the system now. In those days, when I say today is no open day; no parents would come into the school to see their wards.

“Nowadays, once you are a politician, a big man, the gate is thrown open. But in terms of personal discipline of my students, then they are very well disciplined.

“And if you really understand that it is a military school, 90 per cent of the students in that school, their parents are in the military, it is only about 10 per cent that are civilians and so they carry this discipline from the barracks, officers and the rest of the school and so when you say I want absolute silence, in the split of seconds the whole place would be quiet and if a pin drops you would hear.

“I think we still have a lot to do as far as discipline is concerned. And I think this is as a result of also our parents of this day, our generation.

He commended the old students of the school for intervening in the development of the school, stressing that such partnership between schools and their old students is very essential.

“Old boys and old girls associations of schools are supposed to be partners in the management of such schools. From my own experience over the years they have made an appreciable impact in terms of development and most of them finally turn out to be role models. When they leave, those coming behind would always want to emulate them”.

Convener of the anniversary, Omolola Fasanya said the group was able to generate over N3million to refurbish the school’s ICT Center, which according to her was in a deplorable state.

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