Should teachers be allowed to flog students in school?

What will the parents of a now deceased student do, now that they've lost their child?

These are questions that have been raised by an incident that occurred in a school in northern Nigeria.

A teacher at Government Day Secondary School Sankalawa in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara allegedly flogged a student to death.

Although the name of the teacher was not made public, the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident was revealed on Wednesday by Mr Muhammad Abubakar-Gummi, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

The deputy Speaker, who spoke under matters of urgent public importance during the assembly’s sitting in Gusau, said that the house had received several reports on the issue.

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It is not the first time that this is happening and the lawmakers are worried about the trend.

According to Mr Abubakar-Gummi, another incident at Government Female Day Secondary School, Kwatarkwashi, had led to the injury of a student in the school after the Vice Principal allegedly subjected her to heavy punishment.

Gummi said: “These problems apart from discouraging our children from acquiring education, also revealed poor attitude to work on the part of teachers in this state.”

One person that must now appear before the House is the state's Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology.

The lawmakers want him to explain steps taken to address the issues.

The Speaker, Mr Sanusi Rikiji described the actions of the teachers as unfortunate and vowed that the assembly would not allow the matter to pass.

“It is part of our responsibilities to ensure effective security and good learning atmosphere for our children for their future development, therefore, we cannot allow teachers to continue harassing our children from schools,” he said.

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The investigation of the matter will be handled by the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology.

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