Parents have been advised to support the Lagos State Government in its drive to nip in the bud, the menace of untimely deaths as witnessed recently in Queen’s College, Yaba, by actively showing interest in the well-being and activities of their children and their schools.
Giving the advice today at the annual School Safety Watch Conference, organized by the Lagos State Safety commission to sensitize Parents in Lagos State about Safety in Schools, the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Hakeem Dickson described the theme of the conference: “The need to put Parents in the driver’s seat….Parental responsibilities, rights, and obligations.” as very apt and highly instructive.
The Director-General explained that the Lagos State School Safety Parents Watch Conference is a government initiative designed to raise awareness amongst parents and guardians with a view to ensuring a safety culture and compliance in the education sector.
“Keeping students safe is the responsibility of the entire community, hence, parents are urged to take an active role in the school safety compliance drive in their children’s schools,” he said.
Dickson also implored parents to take interest in how risks are identified and managed in the learning environment and ask relevant questions to keep the school management on their toes regarding school safety compliance, stressing that parents should avail themselves with the various relevant emergency numbers of the State’s agencies such as the Fire Service, Police, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) amongst others.
According to the Director-General, Safety Management as defined globally is a function that enhances performance by predicting operational, procedural or environmental risks and threats before they occur, adding that it is also a strategic process that identifies and addresses safety issues for students, employees, visitors, parents and everyone within the school community.
Dickson explained that, aside from being a pre-emptive and preventive process, safety management also corrects deficiencies and performance errors hence the need to design school safety programmes with the aim of ensuring general school safety.
He advised parents to pay attention to the safety standards available in schools before taking a decision on registration of their children
The conference was attended by parents of children in public and private schools in the State and dwelt on a wide range of issues including child abuse and sexual assault.