The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has lamented the upsurge of cultism, ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ and other social vices in the nation’s education system.
Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, expressed the Commission’s concerns over the ugly development while declaring open a stakeholders meeting on moral regeneration and re-orientation at basic education level on Tuesday in Abuja.
Bobboyi said cultism almost similar to ancient Egyptian cult practiced several centuries ago is now springing up in the system.
“Someone told me an old ancient Egyptian cult that has come into the system,” Bobboyi said, adding that such cult activity was last practiced about 100 BC.
Speaking further, the UBEC boss said the event was organised to address the rising moral decadence among young students in secondary schools.
He said : ” Over the years, there has been great concern over the degeneration of moral and overturn of values in our society. This is demonstrated in the many vices and negative behavior such as stealing, drunkenness, financial crime known as yahoo-yahoo, truancy, violence, and many others.
“The disheartening aspect is that many of these vices are now prevalent in our schools especially the basic education schools.
” The Universal Basic Education Commission as an agency of Government has the onus to re-order the situation as it has as one of its objectives…..
” It is important to note that the basic education level is where learners are given the opportunity to equip themselves with moral values, skills and competencies that can assist them in effecting personal and community positive change. This is why the Commission has taken it upon itself to organize the stakeholder’s workshop with the school as its target.”
On his part, Director, Teacher Development, UBEC, Mr Aleshin Olumayowa, said the meeting was a strategy deployed by the Commission to gather information, solicit advice and find a way forward to address the decadence of moral and value upturn at the basic education level.