Teachers in public and private schools in Ogun State have been warned to put an end to corporal punishment as a way of correcting children in order to avoid being sanctioned.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, said this Wednesday, during a meeting with the management Adeoye International Nursery and Primary School, Iyesi-Ota.
Arigbabu feared that canes being used in flogging may hit the pupil in sensitive parts of his body, thereby creating more problems for the school and even the State.
A teacher of the school, Mrs Taiwo Odunola, was said to have beaten a three-year old girl on the back of her, a development that had generated reactions from the mother of the child.
Speaking, Arigbabu stressed that the state government frowns at any corrective action that would inflict injury or pains on any child.
The Commissioner maintained that government would not condone actions that could drag the name of the State in the mud.
“I want to say here as the Commissioner that I am not happy to hear of this incident and we will not allow any act that would drag the name of the State in the mud. Schools should devise effective and humane methods of disciplining a child apart from corporal punishment”, the Commissioner said.
Arigbabu said corporal punishment could lead to reducing a child’s level of confidence, maiming or even death.
He advised that schools should work in tandem with the vision of the Governor Dapo Abiodun administration by being 21st century compliant in teaching and learning methods.
He identified the need for schools to organise seminars and workshops in order to update their teachers on modern ways of teaching and to come up with strategies to use in tackling indiscipline in place of corporal punishment.
Earlier, Arigbabu had spoken on a radio station in Abeokuta that Ogun would encourage the use of canes on learners by their teachers.
“Things have to be done in accordance with the law. Beating in schools is actually not encouraged. We should not do things that can complicate matters. Teachers need to be creative about disciplining a child. A lot of methods are available to discipline a child.
“In the process of beating, the cane may fall on the child’s eye and the child may lose his sight. Everything we do should be with moderation. Beating does not really translate into the good behaviour of a child,” Arigbabu said.
He, however, warned parents and students against attacking teachers in schools, stressing that anyone caught would be made to face the law.
Inside story of Ondo varsity crisis
Students of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) on Monday protested the institution’s ‘No school fees, no exam policy’. It snowballed into vandalism and destruction of school infrastructure, leading to indefinite closure by authorities, reports KEMI ADEWALE (AAUA).
- AAUA shut indefinitely over violent protest
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Students in tertiary institutions across the country have a predilection for protests. It is an avenue for them to express disapproval over policies that do not favour them. It gives voice to their pains and enables them to call for change.
Nevertheless,when protests turn violent and become a battlefield of destruction, the essence is lost.
Authorities of the institution had announced that same day the indefinite closure of the school. This was revealed in a circular that was released and signed by the Registrar, Mr. Olugbenga Arajulu.
“Following the violent protest, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, on behalf of the Senate of the university, closed the school indefinitely.
“All students are, therefore, advised to vacate the Halls of Residence and the University Campus with immediate effect,” the circular read.
No school fees, no exam policy
This was introduced by the school management at the beginning of the first semester.
Students yet to pay their tuition fee for the 2020/2021 academic session would not be allowed to write the first semester examination which was to commence on Monday.
CAMPUS LIFE gathered that there had been agitations and speculations from different quarters that if the school was to uphold the policy, then students would embark on the protest.
Thus, students came out in their numbers, carrying sticks, burning tyres on the street to show their disapproval of the policy.
It also led to the destruction of some school facilities and the vandalisation of the Senate Building.
A 400-Level Economics student, who craved anonymity, said the management should not have tried restricting students from sitting for the first semester examination.
“The management should have found other means of ensuring prompt payment of tuition to avoid this protest. The management should have pushed it to the clearance period since students cannot avoid clearing their results before graduating. When it’s the clearance period, students would have no choice but pay.
“A similar thing happened in May 2019 when the students were disallowed from writing test because they had not paid tuition fees. It sparked a protest and the school went on mid semester break for six weeks,” he said.
Students Union against protest
Prior to the Monday protest, the Adekunle Ajasin University Students Union (AAUASU) in a statement on Sunday said the union was not a party to any impending protest.
The statement partly reads:”The students union leadership under Ogunsanmi Kolade, wishes to inform the student populace that the union is not involved in planning any protest. Information reaching us has it that some unidentified persons are mobilising students for protest on issue relating to the examination which will commence Monday, November 22, 2021.
“We advise students to distance themselves from any protest that does not involve the union. The students community should remain calm and prepare for their examinations and those with their tuition fee should endeavour to pay and carry out all necessary registrations in due course.”
Protest could have been averted
According to some students, protest should not have been held.
Samuel Ibiyemi, a 300-level Political Science student, said the protest should not have held if appropriate measures were taken by the Students’ Union.
“It was a protest that I feel some set of students planned to disrupt the processes for the conduct of peaceful examination,” he said.
A 400-Level Linguistics student who pleaded anonymity said: “It was unfortunate that the circular released later on Monday which announced that students can write exam without school fees payment ought to have been released a day earlier. This protest would not have held. The management was already aware of students’ reaction to the policy but chose to test the waters. What hurts the most is the fact that some unscrupulous elements chose to go overboard.”
Another student who refused to be named said the situation was not properly managed by the school management and that the policy should not have been implemented.
He said:” I am still shocked. If at all there was going to be a protest, it should have been peaceful.
“I think the school management has a very bad public relations. Things like this wouldn’t have happened if the school management had a standard medium through which they communicated with students. I remember when I was in 100-Level, they asked us to do one mobile stuff. It is a medium through which they could reach all students through text messages and emails, but that mobile was not implemented even after making us to go through the stress of getting the mobile card for the registration.
“Before the protest turned awry, the school management sent out a circular that students could write the exams even without paying school fees, but the information didn’t reach the students. I think the situation could have been controlled if the students got the information on time.
“Another thing is that, the no school fees no exam policy shouldn’t have been implemented at all. They should have allowed every student to write the examination.”
SUG seeks help to nab vandals
In a statement on Tuesday, Kolade appealed to students with useful information to come forward and help nab vandals. This, he said, would forestall a recurrence.
Amid concerns of possible payment of reparation fee upon resumption due to the level of damage done to school properties, he said: “The office of the President, vehemently condemns, in strongest terms, the wanton destruction of school facilities during the protest.”
NYSC: Corps members groan over biting economy, say ‘allowee’ now useless
Members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in the Federal Capital Territory have lamented the difficulty associated with serving in Abuja, saying the high cost of living in the nation’s capital is beyond their monthly stipends.
This is coming as prices of food items and other essential commodities continue to skyrocket in the FCT while the entire nation battles an economic crisis that has relatively made life difficult for commoners.
DAILY POST reports that the recent inflation in the economy birthed a new wave of hardship for Nigerians, especially for residents of the nation’s capital, Abuja.
Residents say the inflation affected the prices of all commodities in the market including something as essential as drinking water packaged in small sachets for ordinary Nigerians.
The sachet water popularly known as pure water is now sold for N300 or N350 per bag of 50 pieces as against the initial N100, this is aside from the general hike in prices of food items such as rice, beans, yam and others.
Some corps members who spoke to DAILY POST said the N33,000 monthly allowance paid by the Federal Government is no longer useful, lamenting that they now depend on parents and loved ones for survival.
It can be recalled that the Federal Government in 2019, increased the monthly stipend of NYSC members from N19,800 to N33,000 to correspond with the current national minimum wage.
But corps members in the FCT say the increment, which was implemented in January 2020, is no longer helpful, particularly in big cities as a result of the current economic reality of the country.
One of the corps members who identified herself as Jennifer said she exhausts the stipend in just one week and afterwards, survives on help from others.
“Honestly, the ‘allawee’ is nothing. I spend at least N80,000 every month on feeding and transportation from where I am residing to my Place of Primary Assignment, PPA, in Area 1 Garki.
The transport fare from Deidei to my PPA is not funny. I spend at least N1,000 daily and that doesn’t include my feeding in the office,” he said.
DAILY POST reports that most private organizations including schools in the FCT have no provision for accommodation for corps members, leaving them to their fate amid the security crisis in the territory.
Another corps member serving in a private school complained that since he was accepted, he had not received any help from the school.
He said, “I heard that the school used to give corps members 10k monthly before we came but since my colleagues and I were accepted, nobody has given us any money for either transport or feeding. It is just terrible serving here in Abuja.
“Sometimes I stay back at home because I don’t have money to go to work. I can’t go and steal to serve my country. The ‘allawee’ is nothing compared to what we spend in a week. The government should help us by increasing the allowance at least by %50”.
Another respondent, Miss Ola, also known as Corper Ola, who spoke to our correspondent from Lugbe, said the one-year compulsory service is the “highest level of school suffering.”
“I used to live better than this when I was still in the university. It is unfortunate that we are still facing another level of suffering which is even higher than what we faced in school. We expected at least, to live fine while serving our dear nation but the reverse is the case.”
When contacted, an official of the scheme who preferred not to be mentioned said NYSC has no power to review corps members’ allowance. According to him, until there is a new national minimum wage, the current N33,000 allowance stands.
“It is not our duty to increase corps members’ allowance. They should complain to the Federal Government or wait for the review of the current minimum wage,” he said.
DAILY POST also recalls that the Senate Committee on Sports had on Tuesday called for an immediate increase in the daily feeding allowance of corps members.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP-Ebonyi) had made the call in Abuja on Tuesday while submitting the 2022 budget defence report of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Ogba had expressed worry that corps members are paid N600 as their daily meal allowance despite their efforts in serving the nation.
He had decried the situation where the government pays inmates in correctional centres across the country N1,000 as daily feeding allowance but pay corps members who contribute to the nation’s economy only N600.
Ogba also condemned the decreasing yearly budgetary allocations to the ministry, calling for an increase of funds in the 2022 budget, given the importance of sports to youth development.
Ebonyi varsity reacts as lecturer allegedly defiles 13-year-old girl
The Management of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi has reacted to the arrest of its lecturer, Prof. Felix Anyaegbunam for defiling a 13-year-old girl.
DAILY POST recalls that Prof. Anyaegbunam was arrested by the police command for sexually violating a 13-year-old house help.
Meanwhile, the Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Loveth Odah confirmed that the suspect was in their custody.
According to Odah, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aliyu Garba has ordered a discreet investigation into the matter as the medical screening of the victim is being awaited.
In a statement issued by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ikechukwu Elom on Tuesday, the institution said it does not condone any form of criminality among lecturers especially the act of rape.
Elom noted that the school will act immediately on the case once an official report is submitted.
“The attention of the Management of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi has been drawn to the news making the rounds in both the traditional and new media about a lecturer in the university alleged to have sexually molested a minor and house-help.
“We wish to state as follows that the school management is yet to receive official report or complaint on the alleged crime; will act accordingly as soon as such report is made,” he said.
He dismissed reports stating that Anyaegbunam is a Professor of Geophysics in the university.
“Anyaegbunam is not a professor in our university but a senior lecturer in the Department of Physics,” the statement read.
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