The Niger state government on Tuesday said that it is partnering with UNICEF to eliminate corporal punishment in public and private schools across the state.
Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, said this during in Minna.
Aliyu made this known after inaugurating a one day stakeholders sensitisation on the dissemination of findings of the UNICEF on School-Related Gender-Based Violence.
It also focused on the research and implementation of the policy on the abolishment of corporal punishment in public and private schools in the state.
He said that eliminating corporal punishment in schools would encourage the enrollment of children in school, especially girl-child.
“In keeping pace with the facts of the finding of the research, Niger state Ministry of Education, while recognising the negative implication of violence against children in school on enrollment, retention and completion issued a circular to all public and private primary and secondary schools abolishing corporal punishment,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary urged the key stakeholders in the education sector to understand the implication of violence and work collectively to prevent the menace toward better education for children.