By Gloria Ugwuoke
In a bid to instill discipline and curb societal vices among secondary school students, the Chaplin Core Policing Explorers (Chapol) marked the beginning of School Operations in Nnewi with a visit to Nnewi high school, Nnewi on the 30th of January, 2024.
Authorized by the Anambra State government and ministry of education, the Chapol, led by Mr. Joseph Ekwunife, Anambra State Commandant, embarked on the 2nd round of the 11th phase of operations aimed at shaping character and providing mentorship.
Mr. Joseph expressed the importance of discipline and character reformation to the students, emphasizing practical sessions on dressing well, punctuality, and maintaining discipline. He commended Governor Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo for creating a conducive environment for Chapol’s work in schools and acknowledged the recruitment of 5,000 teachers, enhancing the educational system.
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Addressing the need for support, Mr. Joseph urged patrons and supporters to rally behind the cause, especially in crucial areas such as provision of operational vehicles and funding stating, “These children are the custodians of the future and without them, we lose it.”
The day’s exercise included the introduction of fines for students not adhering to dress codes, both within and outside school premises, reflecting the commitment to maintaining order. During the interactive session, the students learnt more on the importance of discipline.
Rev. Fr. Cletus Ngadiukwu, Vice Principal Socials of Nnewi High School, expressed gratitude for Chapol’s presence and advocated for more male teachers in the Nigerian educational system.
Under the theme “My Future in My Hands,” the program aims to guide students toward making right choices for a successful future. The Chapol’s long-standing impact was highlighted, with Washington Secondary School and others standing as proof of their commendable work.
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In a stern stance against indiscipline, a rule was introduced, imposing a fine of one bag of cement on students found not properly dressed, (sagging of trousers or not tucking in properly) further solidifying the Chapol’s commitment to eliminating societal vices.
Chapol Nwachili Kingsley, Director of School Operations, voiced the organization’s dedication to service but expressed the need for additional support, particularly in acquiring vehicles for transportation across the six zones covered by Chapol in Anambra State.
Senior Prefect of Nnewi High School, Senior Obasi Chidera Emmanuel, conveyed gratitude to Chapol, anticipating positive change. He acknowledged the need for discipline in the school and expressed hope for transformation following the fines and Chapol’s monitoring exercises.
The Chapol is a non-governmental paramilitary organization at the forefront of curbing societal vices for over a decade. Today’s initiative promises to usher in a new era of discipline and mentorship, empowering students to shape their destinies for a brighter future.
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