The Nigerian Union of Teachers, Ebonyi State chapter, on Monday, advocated the reintroduction of moral instruction in primary and secondary schools to stem the moral decadence among youths.
The Chairman of the union in the state, Mr Joseph Nweke, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki.
According to him, the nation is passing through a very difficult moment.
He attributed the situation to the rapid decline in moral values, adding that the situation was threatening the collective existence of the nation.
Nweke said the increase in crimes and their magnitude were a reflection of loss of moral rectitude and discipline among youths.
He then stressed the need to use the school to fight the monster.
He said, “In our days in school, there used to be periods allocated to teaching of moral instruction and students were highly disciplined and respected constituted authorities.
“But it is surprising that our education curriculum does not contain teaching of moral instruction and the consequence is the rapid decline and erosion of moral rectitude among youths.
“People now flout the laws and engage in all sorts of crimes such as armed robbery, prostitution, child trafficking and money laundering, among others.”
The NUT chairman then urged policy makers in the education sector to brace up to the challenges and ensure that the curriculum included all-round training of the child.
He said, “We need to go back to the drawing board and take a critical look at the education system.
“We need to know where we are getting it right and where we are getting it wrong in order to build a strong and crime-free society.”
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