A primary 4 pupil of the Aninmashun Primary School, Ijesha, Surulere, has been left with many marks on her body after being flogged by her teacher. It was gathered that Rashida’s offense was that she forgot her pen at home. The teacher was identified as Mr Ikenga.
Nigerian teachers still think the appropriate way of correcting children is through cane. They believe that it is the best form of discipline. It is very common in schools especially public schools to see teachers flogging children like animals, these children are left with horrible marks and scars on their body. A Lagos teacher has been accused of brutalizing a student for ringing the bell, during school hours. The SS2 student of Zumratul Islamiyyah Junior/Senior School in Yaba area of Lagos, identified as Ridwan Yunus was brutalized by the Lagos teacher, Mr Babatunde who teaches Social Studies.
There have been cases of corporal punishment that has gone drastically wrong, so many children have either lost their sight, ear impaired or even died as a result of extreme flogging. Most teachers are ignorant of the fundamental rights of children which are violated by corporal punishment. The child’s right act clearly forbids battery, physical assault and abuse in any form. This law should be properly enforced in schools. Children must be protected and corrected with love especially by their teachers who are there to mould their character.
There are so many ways of disciplining a child without flogging. By brutalizing children in the name of discipline, a teacher is doing more harm than good, that child’s self esteem and cognitive development is being killed. The child feels worthless becomes aggressive, rugged, and very timid.
This is coming after it was reported that a secondary school teacher, Sunday Adeshina, was jailed at Kirikiri prison in Lagos State after he reportedly flogged a female student until she started bleeding. Adeshina was said to have flogged a 14-year-old SS3 student identified as Onyinye Nwakaeme, on the head when she could not give a correct answer to questions he asked her during a class.
Onyinye, a student of Great Esteem Private Secondary School in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos state told newsmen;
“We were taking Economics class that day and I was busy copying note. I had just returned from my father’s burial. Being behind schedule, I used every available time to copy my notes because I had a lot to write. “The teacher saw me and called me out with some people, claiming that we were making noise and asked us to explain what he had been teaching. I didn’t get the question right because I was really not paying attention to him. Out of anger, he started flogging me.
“He flogged me to the point that I was bleeding on my head and he didn’t stop. Even when the proprietor asked him to stop, he was fierce and wanted to flog me more.”
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It is my opinion that flogging should be banned in schools; no research has proven that children who are beaten excessively turn out good. Would it be out of place to state that some teachers behave as if they are sent from hell to wreak havoc in the lives of the children entrusted in their care and as such, government should establish laws on the dos and don’ts of discipline in our schools?
If any teacher brutalises your child, brother or sister this way what would you do?