Insecurity in Nigerian Schools: Psychological Perspective

Nicholas Chidi Achikasim & U. O. Suleiman


The paper discussed the concept of insecurity in schools; it highlighted key concerns on the physical threats, school environmental design and the social climate of the school. The trends of insecurity globally and in Nigeria especially as they affect schools were reviewed. It looked at insecurity in Nigerian schools from a psychological perspective and the necessary steps to reduce the insecurity situation in Nigerian schools were discussed. These include the realistic rehabilitation and psychological aid to the affected students and parents, training and employment of educational psychologists, strengthening of existing security arrangement, creating and developing as well as implementing enabling educational laws and policies specific to school security including standard environmental designs for schools with proper coordination between all the schools’ stakeholders together with relevant law enforcement agencies.

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