Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Girl Flogged to Death! Who is to Blame?

I have  received a lot of correspondence as regards my last post. Its a wonder what some prent sweep under the carpet. Why do we allow ourselves to hurt so much? What are we afraid of? I am available for dm / chat @singlenaijamum (Twitter).

I came across this story and want to know what you ll hink. The Activist in me is serious being worked up, I tell you all.

A 12-year-old pupil of a secondary school in Awka, Anambra State, Miss Chidimma Ukachukwu, has died after she was allegedly flogged by her teacher for failing to do her homework.

A reliable source in the school told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Tuesday that the girl died on Thursday last week after she was flogged.

The source explained that the girl fainted after being flogged severally by a female teacher and was subsequently rushed to an undisclosed hospital, where she died.

The source also told NAN that the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Uju Okeke, then ordered the closure of the school as a result of the incident.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the girl’s family home, soon after she was buried on Tuesday in Awka, reports that the family was in grief.

The girl’s father, Mr. Simeon Ukachukwu, confirmed the incident, saying it was a sad development. He added that it was an act of God.

But when Okeke was contacted, she denied ordering the closure of the school and said that the school was on midterm break.

NAN investigation, however, revealed that schools in the state were not on midterm break.

This fact was corroborated by an official of the Nigerian Union of Teachers in Akwa South Local Government Area.

The Chairperson of the union in the local government, Miss Buife Ndigwe, told NAN that primary and secondary schools in the state would go on midterm break next week.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. Ralph Uzoigwe, said that the matter had not been reported to the police, but promised that it would be investigated



Myne Whitman said...

Why would a teacher flog that hard, I wonder?

@ilola said...

But we all know that the teacher couldn't have 'flogged her to death'. That would require like 1000 strokes of cane or more. We in Nigerian specialise in exaggerating news.

It should have been something like 'girl dies while being flogged' or something, not 'flogged to death'.

The girl could have been ill before, or something negative could have triggered in her while being flogged, but she definitely was not 'flogged to death'

I am not supporting the woman or lacking empathy for the girl, but I am saying we should just be cautious of how we spread news.

Sykik said...

I thought flogging had been outlawed.

Sykik said...

Hi,how are you doing? It's been a while.

Is there any news about your nephew Sam? I remember him in my prayers.

Take care.

Ritty said...

@Sykik, I thought so too until I discovered that some teachers / schools hide behind the excuse of 'discpline'.

I was shocked when I was some names of the different 'punishment' that replaces flogging, were mentioned. Names like riding okada, touching the sky, frog jump. These punishment leaves your child's shaking for days as she can't get to walk properly.

I had had enough! Na wetin! Home Tutoring will soon be the next option for this generation!

Ritty said...

@Sykik, I am doing alright, thank you. No news of Sam yet. Its been a hard and tough going everyday just waiting for any news of his whereabout.

Thank you for your prayers.

Ritty said...

@Myne, I still wonder why teachers flog kids these days!