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Parents react to flogging of student

01 March 2013, 07:19

Lagos - Some parents on Thursday in Lagos flayed the action of a Lagos school principal, who allegedly caned one of her students excessively for putting on a religious scarf in school.

The principal was alleged to have caned the student after earlier warning students against the practise, a development which the state government is already probing.

Mrs Modinat Ishola, a parent, condemned the action of the principal, saying other measures should be adopted to punish children instead of flogging.

Ishola said that the principal should have sent the student back home or requested to see her parents to report the incident to them.

"I will not allow anybody to beat my child recklessly in school; government needs to call principals and teachers to order.

"I will sue anybody that tries it with my child; beating is not good, it makes children more stubborn," she said.

Alhaja Aduke Yusuf, another parent, described the act as wicked, noting that the principal went to the extreme by allegedly flogging the pupil as much as she allegedly did.

Yusuf said that children did not need too much punishment before falling in line, noting that extreme punishment makes them wicked.

"The school principal must be sanctioned; it is wrong. Can the principal allow anybody to cane their own children that much for wearing scarf in the school premises?

"We all know that the student is wrong because they admitted they had been warned but beating a girl is too much, government must caution the school administrators," she said.

Mrs Opeoluwa Badru, another parent, said that some children were caned because they were too stubborn and were not ready to obey rules and regulations at home and in school.

She urged parents to teach their children to be obedient to school rules.

Mr Hakeem Hassan, a father, said that indiscipline was high among students in public schools and they needed to be disciplined.

Hassan said that some of the students were very stubborn and should not be allowed to become wayward.

NAN reports that the Lagos State Government, which has set up a probe panel on the issue, frowns at flogging of school children.



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