Nasarawa state suspends school principal and teachers for flogging students

The Nasarawa state has suspended the Principal of Government Science Secondary School (GSS), Nassarawa-Eggon, and three other teachers for meting out corporal punishment to qsome students.

A video showing a male teacher beating students on the assembly ground had gone viral, sparking outrage on social media.

According to the state Commissioner of Education, Mr. Tijani Ahmed , the state government has also banned corporal punishments in public schools across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.

Speaking to Northern City News on Thursday, Ahmed confirmed that the school principal and other teachers were suspended for a month, adding that a committee that has been established to investigate the incident is expected to report back in one week to enable the government deal with the matter appropriately.

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.”

Ahmed noted that the ministry has written to all public schools informing their managements of the ban on corporal punishment.
He further warned teachers against such punishment in the future “as anyone caught would face disciplinary action.”

“Even if teachers would want to punish students for any offence, it should be minor punishment,” the commissioner added.

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