Governor Gatabazi tasks teachers on fighting narcotics in schools
The Governor of Northern Province, Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi has challenged head-teachers to take an upper hand in fighting sell and use of narcotic drugs in their respective schools.
He said that “reluctance and lack of ownership” has given room for students to either sell or abuse drugs in schools, and a den for peer influence.
The Governor made the remarks on Thursday while chairing a meeting that brought together head teachers of schools in the region.
His comments followed an inspection conducted in all schools in Northern Province, which highlighted concerns of drugs, theft of computers, poor hygiene, school dropouts as well as negligence, misappropriation and misuse of school equipment.
“The issue of illicit drugs in your schools should equally be your primary responsibility as first responders. What would you be mentoring if students are being destroyed by drugs,” he wondered.
About 80 percent of drug addicts and under rehabilitation are the young people, majority falling in the age bracket of those supposed to be in school or joining the skilled labour force.
It was observed that some students are influenced by illicit drugs to drop out of school while others divert to economic activities, acts which the Governor directed all entities to work together to address.
On the issue of computers that are either stolen or missing in schools, he warned that “some members of school administration will be held countable.”
There are cases where teachers have been arrested in connection with theft of computers that are given to schools under the government One Laptop per-Child programme.
Similar inspection, it was resolved, will be conducted every year and presented in the meeting, which will also be held annually.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Eric Mutsinzi, the Northern Regional Police Commander (RPC) asked the head-teachers to reinforce community policing efforts and supporting anti-crime clubs in their respective schools.
There are over 2000 anti-crime clubs across the country, majority in schools.
ACP Mutsinzi reminded them that fighting narcotic drugs in the country falls under the priorities of Rwanda National Police and community policing in particular.
He also pledged RNP support to sensitise and educate students on dangers of drugs and crime prevention in general.