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Ministry of Education Bans Musical Related Extracurricular Activities in Schools


By Stuart Bogere Oswald 

The Ministry of Education and Sports has placed a temporary ban on hosting performing artistes on premises of public or private Primary and Secondary Schools until guidelines have been put in place by the ministry.

The ban follows recent cases of indecent dressing by artists, indecent dances and acts in Schools.

Several videos have since circulated on social media portraying the indecency that takes place in children's schools.

The Ministry says these functions allowed in schools in the name of extracurricular and entertainment activities are unacceptable and offensive.

To cub the vice, a circular by Dr. Jane Egau Okou, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Katy Lamaro revealed that at a sitting held on July 18, 2022, the Senior Management Meeting of the Ministry resolved to provide guidelines on the nature and conduct of co-curricular and entertainment activities allowed in schools.

"In the meantime, therefore, Headteachers and Principals of both Primary and secondary schools are cautioned not to hire or allow any of these "artists" to perform in schools.

Failure to comply will lead to school managers being personally held responsible and disciplinary measures charged against them" she noted.

Adding, "The purpose of this communication, therefore, is to inform all concerned to ban performances of this nature from school grounds. Clear guidelines will soon be officially issued by the Ministry of Education and Sports,"

She noted that if schools need entertainment, they can engage in acting plays or arrange concerts, saying "inviting singers who dance unbecomingly, naked in the schools in the guise of extracurricular activities must be forbidden henceforth."

She said extracurricular activities in school normally mean sports and games, and debate clubs, among others.