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Failure in parenting, dysfunctional homes responsible for spike in kidnapping, robbery

By Adelowo Adebumiti
21 April 2022   |   4:06 am
A university administrator, Dr Foluso Arowojolu, has blamed the decadence and criminalities in the society, particularly in the education sector, on the failure at the home front

A university administrator, Dr Foluso Arowojolu, has blamed the decadence and criminalities in the society, particularly in the education sector, on the failure at the home front

She declared that the task of raising children in today’s globalised and technological age could be likened to that of raising sheep among wolves.

Arowojolu, a Principal Assistant Registrar at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), stated this while delivering a lecture titled: “Technology and parenting in the 21st Century,” at a parents’ forum of Methodist Boys High School, Victoria Island, Lagos.

She said: “It is believed that it takes healthy families to raise healthy society. Although the Bible foretold it that perilous times will come, but said we should run away from it. We are already experiencing dangerous times. Today, Nigeria has turned to a no-go area for foreigners. Even citizens want to check out of the country because things are no longer the way they used to be.

“Nigeria is now known for corruption, terrorism, ritual killings, kidnapping, assassination, drug abuse, child trafficking and cybercrimes.”

Arowojolu, whose area of expertise is in soft skills development, noted that most of the cancerous acts manifesting in lack of respect to teachers, cultism, rituals, violence, homosexuality, lesbianism, suicide, truancy, cyber extortion, bullying and account hacking among others, are found among students in secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

She blamed the government, parents, educators, and managers for the malaise, even as she said students and religious leaders should also share in the blame.

Arowojolu stressed that the foundation for producing well-behaved children must be laid at both primary and secondary education levels, as a major step to revamping Nigeria’s lost glory.

According to her, there is the need to inculcate the right values in children and ensure they learn many social and interpersonal skills that would make them behave well both at home and in the society.

She called on parents, teachers and the government to collaborate to achieve the goal of revamping the nation’s lost glory through proper upbringing of children.

She enjoined schools to teach morals the same way the core subjects are being taught, while emphasising that education must not be laid only on cognitive domain.

Arowojolu reasoned that since soft skills transcended certificate in the labour market in the 21st century, the foundation for producing well-behaved children must be laid at both primary and secondary education.