In Ogun State, a distressing incident occurred at Isanbi Comprehensive High School, Ilisan-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area, where a group of senior secondary school students allegedly attacked their teacher, Kolawole Shonuga.
The teacher had taken a stand against cheating during an examination and caught an 18-year-old student, Ashimi Adebanjo, in the act. He confiscated the student’s paper, which led to dissatisfaction among a gang of 10 students.
After school hours, the group waylaid the teacher at the school’s gate and physically assaulted him. However, the police from the Remo Division promptly responded to the situation and arrested the suspects.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Omotola Odutola, stated that Shonuga had filed a formal report on the assault.
The State Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Felix Agbesanwa, expressed strong disapproval of the incident and insisted that the students involved must face legal consequences to deter such behavior in the future.
He stressed that no student should ever resort to violence against their teacher, regardless of whether they are Ogun Teach teachers or permanent teachers – such conduct is unacceptable.
The state government also condemned the act of violence and pledged not to tolerate indiscipline among learners throughout the state.
Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science, and Technology, urged parents to play their part in instilling discipline in their children, warning that any student misbehaving in school would face appropriate disciplinary measures.
It is essential to ensure a safe and conducive learning environment for both teachers and students, and acts of violence will not be tolerated.