Delta State Government says it will step up measures to ensure that the state does not record another incident of cruelty/torture in its schools, as witnessed in the state capital Asaba, where a child of a year and seven months old, died days after receiving 31 strokes of the cane from a teacher son of the school’s proprietress.
The Commissioner for Primary Education, Chika Ossai, who made this known when he visited and sealed the school, Arise and Shine Nursery And Primary School, Asaba, said alternative arrangements are being made to accommodate the other children affected by the closure.
The commissioner said the children would either be enrolled in private or government schools, depending on the parents wish.
A visit to Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary school Asaba, where the late Obinna, a year and 7 months old pupil allegedly went into a coma after receiving 31 strokes of the cane that eventually led to his death at the Federal Medical Center Asaba, showed that aside the state government sealing of the school, the windows of the uncompleted school building were shattered, apparently by angry youths.
The commissioner who informed journalists that he frequently visited the school to monitor events, explained that the proprietress and her son are already in police custody, while records have shown that the school does not have government approval.
Ossai also visited the family of the late Obinna whose mother is yet to come to terms with the reality that her son is no more.
As the parents of the late Obinna cry out for justice, the Commissioner for Basic Education admonishes parents to be wary of schools they enrol their wards, to avoid a repeat of the incident.
(Editor: Ifeanyi Mark)