As you are all aware, today 9.05.2022, is the reporting day for the second term for most schools. Some of the schools re-opened for the second term earlier last week. Due to the increase in the school activities, the IGP has come out to remind all school administrators, educators, on their legal responsibilities to protect school children from harm, including risks posed by health, safety and security. The safety and security guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education should be strictly adhered to.
We wished all school administrators, parents, guardians, school children a safe healthy and secure second term.
Security tips as schools reopen
As students and pupils return to school, we would like to remind parents, carers and teachers about the safety of children. The first term means increased activities in teaching and learning and many other academic preparations. It also means waking up early, to transport the children to school. This brings about congestion on the roads due to rush hours of dropping and picking children.
Listed below are some simple safety tips for parents, guardians and school managers.
· All schools are reminded to review their security emergency preparations, supervision and other school safety fundamentals. This includes the school visitor procedures and how access to school buildings is done in a high priority area.
· We recommend that all children are examined upon their return to school for any signs of child abuse during their holiday.
· When transporting children to school, ensure you walk with them to teach them safe habits around drop zones or in the classrooms. For the boarding schools, establish contacts to monitor the safe arrival and presence of the children at school.
· Children transported on motorcycles are required to wear helmets, since 80% of all head and brain injuries arise out of failure to use helmets.
· Ensure your child knows your mobile number or emergency police numbers 999/112. Learn to set up GPS tracking devices on your child’s mobile phone or other items.
· Avoid use of shortcuts that puts the child in a vulnerable situation.
· Watch out for stalkers on foot, motorcycle or motor vehicles. Seek help immediately in case of any suspicious movements or go to the nearest police.
Teach your children how to avoid talking to strangers and to never accept lifts from them or someone not approved by their parents. The same applies to any gifts or food from an adult.
· All prohibited items must not be smuggled into schools, both day and boarding. Some of the prohibited items include; smart phones, polythene bags, selected electrical gadgets and other flame base products like candles, lighters, matches which are major fire hazards, drugs, alcohols, cigarettes, energy drinks, glass bottles, unnecessary cash and expensive items and any other items which are deemed illegal to possess or inappropriate for the age of the child or school environment.
· All stakeholders should keep in mind that security is an ongoing process that requires vigilance and situational awareness. In addition, all school administrators are advised to regularly liaise with the territorial police units and update each other on the prevailing security situation.
· We wish all students a happy first term and urge them to report any crime and safety concerns to the school teachers, LC or area police.
Providing a safe learning environment is of paramount importance to the students and school children. We therefore, encourage the deployment of smoked detectors, CCTV camera, access control, armed security guards, intruder alarms and raise wall perimeters.
CP Enanga Fred
9th May 2022