he Niger Delta Royal Queens (NDRQ) at the weekend promised to confront cultism, corruption and other social vices in schools.
The queens from various kingdoms in the oil-rich region particularly blamed falling standard of education on examination malpractices in schools and promised to help in curbing the menace.
Speaking in Yenagoa, the president of NDRQ and wife of the Amayanabo of Twon Brass, Her Majesty Josephine Diete-Spiff, said her group would tackle the vices and other challenges facing education in partnership with the National Association of Women in Colleges of Education (NAWCOE).
She said the decision was reached when NAWVOE paid her a visit at the Traditional Rulers Council Secretariat, Ovom.
Diete-Spiff identified lack of proper parenting, cultism and corruption as some of the major factors militating against quality education.
She said queens in their various domains would monitor their respective community schools and conduct advocacy and enlightenment programmes.
She said: “In each of our domain we have community schools. We have of course government presence as well. So we are going to talk to the teachers, talk to the headmasters or headmistresses or even the principals.”
Also speaking, the National President of NAWVOE, Dr. Zipporah Duguryil, said as a nation, Nigeria was faced with challenges and that schools had a role to play in curbing them.
Duguryil from the Chemistry Department, Federal College of Education Pankshin, Plateau State, said most parents lacked the time to care for their children.
She said: “The truth is that most of our parents are absentee parents. What we will do is to step down using advocacy in our various communities inviting parents to come around to tell them that there is a need for proper parenting.”
Further speaking, the Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra State, Dr. Tessy Okoli, said examination malpractice was a cankerworm in the educational sector, emphasising on the need for attitudinal change.