Federal Capital Territory Education Secretariat has condemned in strong terms the abduction of a Primary 2 pupil of the Chinese Assisted Primary school, in Karu, in the nation’s capital.
In a statement issued by the Assistant Director in charge of Information, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye and made available to Nigerian Pilot the Federal Capital Territory Education Secretariat expressed joy over the release of the abducted child.
It should be recalled that last week, the said pupil was abducted on his way home from school.
The statement therefore called on parents and guardians to ensure the safety of their children on their way to school and when returning home, stressing that the abduction of the child was not executed within the school premises as insinuated in some quarters.
Ogunleye emphasized that FCT schools are safe, as adequate security measures are in place to ensure the safety of pupils and students in all the public schools in the Territory.
“It must be said that while efforts for the release of this child were ongoing, it came to our attention that the general perception orchestrated by media reports was that he was abducted from the school premises, thereby giving the impression that our schools and students were not safe.
“Nothing could be far from the truth. It must be mentioned that the child was not abducted within the school premises. In reality, he was abducted after school hours on his way home. The Education Secretariat has always paid premium attention to the security of our schools and our students.
“While we are doing our best to ensure the security of the students in our custody during school hours we must emphasize that parents and guardians have the responsibility of ensuring their children’s safety on the way to school and when returning home,” the statement stressed.
The statement frowned at situations where clearly under aged children are left to come to school or go back home on their own with no adult supervision, noting that such attitude puts pupils at greater risk.
According to him, “Parents are enjoined to be more alive to their responsibilities and pay more attention to the safety of their children to and from school. The security and welfare of children should not be left to the school authorities alone.”
It may be recalled that in 2014, the Secretariat held a conference on school security in the FCT where far reaching recommendations were made on school safety and security. This includes the responsibility of school authorities while the children are in school and those of the parents while the children are at home.

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