Reps want security education included in primary, secondary school curriculum

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By Aaron Ossai

Worried by the worsening security challenges across the country, the House of Representatives yesterday urged the Federal Ministry of Education to find a way of incorporating security education as a core subject in the Primary and Secondary Schools Curriculum.

Passing a motion on the matter titled “Need to Incorporate Security Education as a Core Subject in Nigeria’s Primary and Secondary Educations’ Curriculum” sponsored by Hon. Omirin Olusanyo, the House also mandated its Committee on Basic Education and Services to ensure its implementation.

Leading debate on the general principles of the motion, Hon. Olusanyo noted that Security Education was crucial for fostering knowledge and preparedness, enabling individuals to understand potential threats and take appropriate measures to protect themselves and their assets.

He also noted that security education prepares students for contemporary challenges in security, ranging from economic, political, social, and environmental threats adding that it equips students with the necessary skills to direct the various contemporary security challenges, including economic, political, social, and environmental threats.

According to him, the House was aware of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report that since 2018, over 30 Schools have been attacked, resulting in at least 2,295 teacher deaths and over 1,000 child abductions and expressed worry that the recurrent attacks and threats against Nigerian educational institutions, teachers, and pupils are hurting educational quality, teacher turnover, and perpetuating a culture of impunity.

“The House is aware that due to the escalating insecurity in the country, it has become imperative for children to learn defence mechanisms, and master first aid principles and emergency handling skills.

“The House is cognizant of the fact that in an increasingly volatile society like Nigeria, investing in security education is essential to safeguard students, knowledge, skills and awareness in security education empowers them to take preventive action”, he added.

After a robust debate on the general principles of the motion, majority of members at plenary unanimously adopted its prayers through voice vote.