The Nasarawa State government has suspended the Principal of Government Science Secondary School, Nassarawa-Eggon, alongside three other teachers for one month for meting out corporal punishment to some students.
The suspension came on the back of the controversy that ensued after a video went viral on social media in which some female students of GSS, Nassarawa-Eggon were “badly” flogged.
Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Funke Akindele, had also strongly condemned the flogging of the students, calling for sack of the teachers involved.
In reaction to this, the state Commissioner of Education, Mr. Tijjani Ahmed, who confirmed their suspension to newsmen on Thursday in Lafia, also said the state government had banned corporal punishments in public schools across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state. He said, “We have constituted a committee to investigate the matter and report to the ministry in the next one week to enable the ministry to take appropriate action.
“Already, three staff members of the school including the Principal have been given a one-month suspension over their involvement in the corporal punishment pending the report of the committee set up by the ministry.”
He explained that the ministry had also written to all public schools informing their managements of the ban on corporal punishment.
He further warned teachers meting out corporal punishment to students to desist “as anyone caught would face disciplinary action.”“Even if teachers would want to punish students for any offence, it should be minor punishment, the government would continue to respond to the challenges facing the education sector in the state.”
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