Economic hardship and poor parenting are factors responsible for misconduct among students in Ogun, says the state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Abayomi Arigbabu.
Additionally, Mr Arigbabu said improper upbringing, issue of underage children, environmental factors, and peer group influence were challenges facing schools in the state.
He, however, unfolded strategies to combat misconducts which he described as a reflection of what is happening in the larger society.
According to him, part of the measures put in place to curb indiscipline among the students is the reintroduction of extracurricular activities, Post Examination Entertainment Programme (PEEP) in schools, and inter-house sports.
He said the state government would not fold its arms and allow a recurrence of ugly incidents that happened in some of its schools the last term.
“It is important to note that issues of misbehaviour and misdemeanor are not something peculiar to schools in the state.
“What is happening is a reflection of what is happening in the larger society. We will continue to improve on the situation in our schools.”
“We are addressing the issue of congestion in classes to promote effective and efficient teaching and learning processes,” he added.
According to him, the government extended the resumption date from January 4 to January 10, so as to strategise more on how to checkmate nefarious acts among the students.
Mr Arigbabu added that a series of meetings were held with virtually all stakeholders in the education industry in the state in repositioning the schools.