In order to reduce high rate of social vices in secondary schools, the Chairman, Ogun State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Evang. Olalekan Ifede has said that Guidance and Counselling professionals would be considered for recruitment.
The Chairman stated this during a courtesy visit by the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON) Ogun State Chapter, Egba Block, at the Commission’s Conference Room, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying Counsellor’s role at guiding students in taking right decisions cannot be over emphasized.
He said the present government is more concern about giving credible and qualitative education service delivery to students across the State, saying their future must be reshaped, in order to have steady and successful progress in their educational life.
“The rate at which cultism and other social vices thrives in our schools is very alarming and all hands must be on deck to address the situation. Education without good character has no basis and I promise to table it before the Governor and let him see the urgent need of having active guidance and counsellors across schools in Ogun State”, Ifede said.
While advising members of the Association to revive active counsellorship roles played in the lives of students, the Chairman said they must also be motivational in relating to students toward eradicating bad characters, promote culture and respect for principals, teachers and elders in the society.
Contributing, the Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mr. Johnson Odeyemi, charged the Association to be more proactive in their dealings with students, admonishing them to guide the students right in their chosen career, to improve the State’s Higher Educational Potential (HEP) and reduce cultism in schools.
In his response, the Chairman, Ogun State CASSON, Prof. Modupe Hassan, represented by the Egba Block Vice Chairman, Mrs. Nike Odukoya, said the collaboration was necessary to curb cultism and other social vices among primary and secondary school students.
He lauded Governor Abiodun for his efforts at redeeming the lost glory of the education sector in the State, promising that the Association would do the needful and put the future of the students on a successful pedestrian.