Katsina govt bans teacher who ‘beat student to death’, suspends principal

Caning (Credit: The Conversation)

Katsina State Government has suspended the Principal of Government Girls Arabic Senior Secondary School Fago, Fatima Yakubu over alleged negligence that led to the death of an SS2 student, Fatima Maikano.

The government also dismissed and banned for life from access to premises of the school, a mathematics teacher, Abubakar Suleiman, who was privately engaged by the principal to teach in the school.

The late Fatima died when she, alongside fellow students, were flogged by the Mathematics teacher, who was engaged by the school principal, over their inability to turn up an assignment.

She reportedly fell ill shortly after the flogging and was not provided medical assistance at the school dispensary. Neither was she taken to any nearby hospital or medical facility up to the time of her death.

The State Commissioner of Education, Badamasi Lawal, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of an all-inclusive meeting involving the deceased parents, said already a committee has been set up to further investigate the matter.

He also announced that the government has banned all forms of corporal punishment across its schools, and warned principals and teachers to ensure that no student is henceforth flogged with cane.

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He said the incident that resulted to the student’s death is unfortunate and that the government would not compromise in ensuring safety of students placed in the care of teachers and principals as a trust.

Also speaking, the parent of the deceased student, Tasi’u Maikano said the action of the government will go a long way in soothing the pains of the family as a result of the sad loss.

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