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Angry teacher breaks 10-year-old JSS2 pupil’s arm while flogging him over make-up test

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An angry teacher at a Lagos State public school has caused a dislocation to the arm of one of his pupils while punishing him for failing to come early for a make-up test.

The incident happened at CMS Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos.

The culprit, Mr Ikena Ekwenam, was arrested by the police for inflicting injuries on his 10-year-old David Uwakwe.

Ekwenam, who teaches Agricultural Science at the school, had on Friday, November 22, went to Uwakwe’s class and told him he could not find his script on the continuous assessment earlier conducted, asking him to come for a make-up.

It was gathered that the week was slated for revisions and Uwakwe could not go for the test at Ekwenam’s office until much later in the day when the teacher was not around.

Angry that the boy did not show up on time, the teacher reportedly went to his class and gave him several strokes of the cane, causing dislocation to his arm in the process.

His mother, Adejoke, told our correspondent that she was shocked to find marks of beating on her son’s body when she went to pick him up after the closing time.

She said,

“As I got to the school that afternoon, some of his classmates ran to me and said their Agric teacher beat David (Uwakwe) and he sustained injuries. I met my child in front of the school clinic which was already closed and took him to the Vice Principal Administration.

“The VP directed the clinic officials to give him anti-tetanus injection and antibiotics because there were bruises all over his body and he was bleeding. I took him to the principal who pleaded with me. I left the school with my child and called my brother-in-law because my husband was not around. I told him what happened.

“Before he met us at where we were, my son’s hand had swollen. I went back to the school with my brother-in-law and the principal was angry with us. I told the principal that one of the teachers must follow us to the hospital and one Mr Mayowa was assigned to follow us to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi. It was discovered at the hospital that the boy had a dislocation in the arm region.

“People at the hospital wondered if he had an accident because there were marks of cane on his two hands and buttocks. They were annoyed. The doctor treated him and put POP (Plaster of Paris) in his hand. He was discharged the following day.”

Adejoke said the boy had an accident in December last year and suffered a fracture to his right thigh, forcing him to undergo a surgery.

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She stated that he stopped using crutches some weeks ago, adding that she was pained that the school did not take the case seriously.

She said she consequently petitioned the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

The woman stated,

“They did a test in school and he participated. The teacher misplaced his script and told him to come for a makeup. The boy said they were in the revision week and that teachers were coming one after the other into their class to teach them. It was in the afternoon that he went to see the teacher and he didn’t meet him in the office. The man then came to his class; took him out and flogged him angrily. I was told that his class teacher did not intervene.”

A source at the DSVRT said a team visited the school after receiving the petition and interacted with the parties involved, including pupils who witnessed the incident.

The source said,

“In line with the Lagos State Government policy of zero tolerance to child abuse in schools and to protect children, our office embarked on a joint visit with the office of the Education Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Alausa to CMS Grammar School, Bariga on November 27, 2019 where the incident occurred.

“We engaged the principal, the survivor, the perpetrator, the class teacher and few other pupils who witnessed the incident. The affected child stated that he was physically abused by his Agricultural Science teacher, Mr Ikenna Ekwenam. He alleged that his teacher beat him because of his incomplete Agric Science note and his missing test script.

“He further explained that before the teacher started beating him, his classmates told the teacher that he just had a surgery which he was still recovering from, but the teacher went ahead beating him till he sustained several injuries including a fractured bone.”

Our correspondent learnt that the case was referred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command in Ikeja and Ekwenam was arrested.

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The DSVRT Coordinator, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, confirmed the incident to our correspondent, adding that the agency would continue to ensure that rights of children were protected.

“We use this medium to reiterate the state government’s zero tolerance to all forms of violence against children and we will ensure that the rights of children are adequately safeguarded and protected,” she said.

The spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, said investigation was ongoing on the case.

Reacting to the incident, the school principal, Rev. Olubusola Sokefun, in a letter sent to our correspondent said he queried Ekwenam upon receiving the report of the assault and a panel was set up to look into the matter.

He explained that the management collectively appealed to Adejoke, adding that the teacher had been suspended indefinitely.

The letter read in part,

“Thereafter, I called Mrs Adejoke Uwakwe to apologise and that the cost of hospital bill would be borne by the teacher. Immediately after the assembly on Monday, November 25, 2019, the two vice principals and I received Mrs Adejoke Uwakwe in company with Mr Peter Uwakwe (the pupil’s uncle) and a lady and they asked me to produce the teacher.

“I said it would be unprofessional to produce a member of my staff in a situation like this and I appealed to them. My appeal fell on deaf ears and they insisted that I should produce the teacher else they would scatter the whole school.

“They threatened that when they came back, I would be forced to produce the teacher. Then I called the Executive Secretary of Lagos Anglican Schools Management Board, Ven. Victor Olusa, to brief him about the situation.”

Sokefun stated that he also informed the Chairman, Board of Governors of the school, Justice Faji, and Old Grammarians Society President, Mr Olu Vincent, about the incident.

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The principal said he, the two VPs, Vincent, the senior boarding housemaster and two other teachers went to Adejoke’s residence on Akerele Street, Oworonshoki and met with her elder sister, Mrs Abosede Edward, “who was very hostile to the school delegates, rained insults and curses upon the school and the teachers,” adding they were prevented from entering her apartment.

“In our bid for peace and reconciliation, the school sent emissaries to the husband’s village in the East. The Head of the school’s Quality Assurance, Dr Sofolahan, was brought in to assist in appealing to Mrs Uwakwe on the matter. She consequently sent a lawyer’s number (Mr Femi Odufowokan) on the need to quell the escalated incident.

“In furtherance of our efforts to have an amicable settlement, a name that appears familiar was worked on and was discovered to be Mrs Uwakwe’s family house and necessary contacts were made on the need to talk her out of the case at hand.”

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Meet Mrs Esther Ahmadu, the widow who registered son for O’Level exams 17 times in five years

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A Nigerian virtuous widow, mother of five children identified as Mrs Esther Ahmadu, who recently retired as a teacher in the civil service in Kogi State has demonstrated that there is more to motherhood than childbirth.

The unflinching effort of Mrs Esther Ahmadu over her children despite roaring obstacles is a twin to Sonya Carson’ – the mother of Dr Ben Carson who went though thin and thick before raising her son who has now become a renowned neurosurgeon in the World.

Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, the second of five children of Mrs Esther Ahmadu went from being a poor student who against repetitive failures and delays soar high to a point of representing both his university and his country – Nigeria, won numerous national and international award competitions.

Emmanuel, professionally known as Mr Voiceover, was pictured in front his mother’s house, showing his gratitude while displaying the numerous awards he received following the impacts he made in Kwara State and Nigeria at large during his just-completed National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Kwara State.

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A true template of motherhood such as Mrs Esther Ahmadu are great inspiration to others, their stories are acts of courage that can empower millions of other women in the country, and that is why Mrs. Esther Ahmadu should be supported, given national honour and recognition to encourage other African parents on good child upbringing and selfless parenting.

Emmanuel Ahmadu, on 16th July 2020 successfully completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Kwara State with several awards and recommendations bagged for his selfless service and commitments that restored hope to over 500 community households and 50 schools across 3 Local Government Areas (Ilorin East, Ilorin West, Ilorin South) of Kwara State within 154 days.

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On the international front, Emmanuel recently represented Nigeria in Bangladesh, India on 28th July 2020 via Google Meet virtual conference alongside Indian Professors and Mental Health Advocates, where he spoke on “Suicide Prevention” as an offshoot of the Covid-19 pandemic situation which has become a major health challenge across the World. Emmanuel, who seeks financial support and partnership from national and international stakeholders to drive home solutions to Nigeria was able to share innovative ideas from his sensational story and field experiences that have restored hope to over 200,000 people in Edo, Kogi, Kwara and other parts Nigeria and beyond.

Emmanuel told international television network, British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC News that the experience of raising money to register one exam after the other for 17 times in 5 years before he secured admission into the University was a traumatic experience.

“My mom has been the one God used in sponsoring majority of my enrollments throughout the 16 primary schools, 14 secondary schools and the entire 17 O’level examination attempts, including the University Matriculation Examinations (UME) I wrote 5 times”.

“As shocking as it may appear, my mom spent virtually all her salaries thereby neglecting her personal needs as a School Teacher, she borrowed money from people, engaged in all types of petty businesses shamelessly and sometimes went the extra mile to obtain bank loan just to sponsor my enrollments and education and that of my other siblings. She trained us in God’s way from childhood and she never gave up on any of her children despite oppossing tides and societal challenges. She encouraged us all the way, she will always say, “don’t be tired, all will become well.”

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UNN starts registration for 2020 post-UTME screening exam

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The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has started online registration for 2020 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) screening.

This was contained in a statement signed by Dr Chris Igbokwe, UNN Registrar and posted on the university’s official website on Thursday.

Igbokwe said candidates who made UNN their first choice and scored 180 and above in UTME were eligible for the screening.

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He said candidates were expected to pay a processing fee of N2,000.00 through Remita platform in any commercial bank of their choice on or before Aug. 28.

According to him, direct entry candidates that made UNN their first choice should also register for the screening exam.

“Online registration starts on Aug. 5 and ends on Aug. 28.

“Candidates are expected to log on to UNN website: www.unn.edu.ng for details on process of registration,” he said.

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Kogi declares August 18 as deadline for exam registration

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The internal examinations are the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), Common Entrance Examination (CEE), and First School Leaving Certificate Examination (FSLCE) for exit classes.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, made the announcement during a meeting with some departmental heads in his office in Lokoja on Wednesday.

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Idenyi said that the submission of Bio-data and subject Analysis of all learners in JSS3 and primary Six should also be done by Aug. 18.

According to him, the meeting is to ascertain their level of preparedness for the conduct of 2020 basic education certificate examination (BECE), common entrance and the first school leaving certificate examination.

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He urged parents, school heads and the general public to take advantage of the opportunity to register their wards for the examination.

He warned that the ministry would no longer entertain any further extension of date.

The permanent secretary enjoined all school principals of both private and public schools in the state to immediately submit the bio-data and subject analysis of each learner in the affected classes in hard and soft copies to ascertain the total number of eligible candidates for the Examinations for proper planning.

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Earlier in her remarks, the Director Exams and Certification, Mrs. Felicia Okeji, thanked the permanent secretary for his support and expressed the readiness of her department to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free examination.

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