The apex body overseeing the owners of private schools, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has called on parents and the Federal Government to support its campaign against comprehensive sexual education in schools.
Speaking at a News Conference organized on Thursday in Abuja, Mrs Samira Jubir, President of the Association, made the call against comprehensive sexual education. According to her, she said, we owe it to our future leaders and society to impact moral values as a lifestyle to our children. She also called on parents not to be passive to what their children read and watch.
Jubir added that the uncontrolled sexuality act must be checked to avoid leading the children astray. She hereby called on parents to be conscious of the way their children dressed.
According to her, parents should be aware of the risk involved in excessive dressing of the children.
“As parents, we should make sure our lifestyle portray what we tell our children. “In other words, we need to draw the line with the kind of dressing our children put on and the kind of books they read. The kind of books our Children read must be in consonance with our values. “The Nigerian child does not belong to any family but rather belong to God, so we must ensure we play our roles,” she said.
The association president further said that the association is in partnership with parents to ensure proper guidance of the children. She also urged the government to bring NAPPS into the development of curriculum and approval of books in the country.
Jubir said the campaign would kick start on July 8, at the old parade ground, Garki, Abuja.
Butteresing what the President of the association has said, Mrs Olubukola Dosunmu, the Immediate past president of NAPPS, also appealed to the public sector to look through the contents of the textbooks. She as well called on parents not to leave the whole work to caregivers but also allocate time to look at what the children were taught at school. Dosunmu added that children should not be allowed to watch any programme on the television that could adversely affect them.
“It is high time parents stood up to their responsibilities to ensure proper care and upbringing of these children and also know what they do in school. “This is because we don’t want what will take our pride, values and identity away. “Therefore, it is a collective responsibility to ensure we work against comprehensive sexual education in schools,” she said.
The vice president of NAPPS, Mrs Dorothy Okwuenu, said collective collaboration of all stakeholders would help prevent comprehensive sexual education in schools.