• The Edo State Government has appealed to community leaders in the state to protect public schools in their domains.

    The state Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr Washington Osifo, who made the appeal, said that government owned schools in the state were constantly being vandalised by hoodlums.

    He said that it was part of the civic responsibilities of the community leaders as well as other residents of the state to assist government in protecting the schools.

    Osifo said that the employment of security men to protect schools in the state would swell the wage bill of the state government.

    He said: “The security men we have in some schools cannot really do much when these hoodlums invade the schools because they find it difficult to overpower the vandals.

    “Most times the hoodlums tie and beat them up before vandalising the schools property or stealing them.

    “We are appealing to good-spirited people in the localities to protect the schools because their children are the direct beneficiary of the schools.”

    He said that principals of government schools had been mandated to stay close to the school premises to do routine checks on the schools, especially during weekends. (NAN)

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