Cultism in Schools: Challenges and Remediation Strategies
Usman Idris Gwarjiko
This paper focuses on the concept of cultism and the clues on how to identify them such as appearing boastful, lazy pill-headed, nosy, violent drug addictive, meeting at odd places and time, bearing tattoos and, often, weapon carriers. The paper also explores the brief history of cultism in Nigeria, its causes and growth as attributable to the roles of the school authorities, parental background, the nature of the Nigerian society, the erosive nature of our educational standard, deboarding of schools and militarization of the Nigerian polity which breeds culture of violence. The paper also reveals the consequences of cultism on its members, the educational system, the parents and the wider society and preventive, diagnostic and curative measures involving the stakeholders especially, the school authorities, parents, government organs such as the security, legislative and judiciary.