Wives of traditional rulers in the Niger delta states under the auspices of the Niger Delta Royal Queens NDRQ have come together with a resolve to fight cultism, corruption and other vices in schools in the region.
The royal mothers who represent various kingdoms in the oil-rich region are sad about the falling standard of education, examination malpractices in schools are determined to confront the problem headlong.
Speaking in Yenogoa, the president of NDRQ and wife of the Amavanabo of Twon Brass, Her Majesty Josephine Diete-Spiff, said her group would tackle the vices and other challenges facing education in partnership with the National Association of women in colleges of Education (NAWCOE).
Diete-Spiff insisted that the decision was reached when the executives of the body paid her a courtesy call at the traditional Rulers Council Secretariat, Ovom. She identified a lack of proper parenting, cultism, and corruption as some of the major factors militating against quality education.
According to her queens in their domains would monitor their respective community schools and conduct advocacy and enlightenment programmes. “In each of our domains we have community schools. We have of course government presence as well. So we are going to talk to the teachers, talk to the headmasters or headmistresses or even the principals.
Speaking during the occasion, the National President of NAWVOE, Dr. Zipporah DUGURvil said as a nation, Nigeria was faced with challenges and that schools had a role to play in curbing them.
Dugurvil who is a lecturer in the Chemistry Department, Federal College of Education, Pankshin, Plateau State said most parents lacked the time to care for their children.
According to her, “The truth is that most of our parents are absentee parents. What we will do is to step down using advocacy in our various communities inviting parents to come around to tell them that there is a need for proper parenting”
Supporting the position of Dugurvil, the Provost, Federal College of Education(Technical) Umunze, Anambra State, Dr. Tessy Okoli said examination malpractices was a cankerworm in the educational sector, emphasizing on the need for attitudinal change.