Adopt New Methods Of Discipline- Ogun Govt.Warns Schools - EDU-BIZNEWS


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Adopt New Methods Of Discipline- Ogun Govt.Warns Schools

Ogun State Government has asked schools to adopt new methods of discipline their pupils, warning them to desist from using corporal punishment 

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu who gave the warning, declared that school caught using corporal punishment as a method of correcting children would be sanctioned. 

Arigbabu was speaking  in Abeokuta at  a meeting with the management staff of Adeoye International Nursery and Primary School, Iyesi-Ota in his office ,during which the  issue of a three-year old child that was beaten on the back of her leg by a teacher in the school, Mrs. Taiwo Odunola, on the 28th of October, 2021 was addressed.

The Commissioner stressed that government would continue to frown at any corrective action that would inflict injury or pains on any child. 

He warned that government would not condone actions that would 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 device effective and humane methods of disciplining a child apart from corporal punishment", the Commissioner said. 

Arigbabu, while highlighting some of the negative effects of corporal punishment, such as reducing the level of a child's confidence and sometimes leading to death

 He advised that schools should work in tandem with the vision of the present administration, by being 21st century compliant in teaching and learning methods. 

The Commissioner emphasised  the need for schools to organise seminars and workshops to bring their teachers up to date on modern ways of teaching and to come up with strategies to use in tackling indiscipline in place of corporal punishment. 

Also speaking the duo of Executive Director of the school, Mr. Olu Akinlabi and the Head teacher, Mrs. Ayoola Olusola who apologized for the incident, revealed that the school has taken some steps to meet with the parents of the child to tender their unreserved apology, and have also placed the erring teacher on suspension. 

The teacher, Mrs. Odunola Taiwo, while recounting what transpired, said she did not mean to inflict such punishment on the child, who she described as a daughter to her. 

She apologised to the parents, school and government for what she had done.

In a phone conversation with the maternal grandmother of the child, she pointed out that the reaction of the parents was a normal one, but the school and the teacher have shown remorse for what was done. 

She promised that the family has moved on and had forgiven them.

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