Pupils in Ogun State culpable in criminal and unlawful acts will be sent to juvenile homes to undergo character reformation.
This came on the heels of the case of a Divisional Police Officer in the state who was reportedly injured during fracas between pupils of two different secondary schools at Asero axis of the capital Abeokuta.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, said this in Abeokuta when he visited the Commissioner of Police, Mr Lanre Bankole.
Arigbabu tendered an apology on behalf of the Ogun State Government to the police over the unruly behaviour of some pupils of Egba High School and Asero High School in Abeokuta.
The pupils had earlier assaulted the Divisional Police Officer of Obantoko, also in Abeokuta.
The commissioner described the assault as appalling and unacceptable.
He warned students in the state to desist from criminal acts, saying the government would no longer spare pupils on account of their ages, but make them to face the full wrath of the law.
“We are here to sympathise and plead with you for what has been done to one of your officers by some unruly students.
“I want to stress it here that as a state, we will not condone such acts of indiscipline.
“We are working together with the police to make sure that anyone caught will be sent to juvenile homes for reformation.
“We want to rid our schools of such criminal behaviours and we will not relent until we achieve this,’’ the commissioner said.
He commended the collaborative efforts of the police to arrest unruly behaviours in schools.
Arigbabu assured that government would address all forms of indiscipline through surveillance and interaction with pupils by the police and government officials on good conduct.
Responding, Bankole noted that the incident was of mutual concern to the ministry and the police and said the latter had always been proactive in schools and in the state at large.
Pupils of the two schools assaulted the DPO and some other police officers on Wednesday as they were attempting to quell brigandage between them.