by Hauwa Gambo
An awful story. In Awka, the Anambra capital, a 12-year-old second school pupil, Chidimma Ukachukwu, has died after her teacher caned her, purportedly for not doing her homework.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the girl died on Thursday last week after she was caned. She had fainted following the beating and then rushed to a hospital, where she sadly passed.
There are reports that the Commissioner for Education, Uju Okeke, has closed the school down, but she told newsmen that the school was on mid-term break.
However, an official the Nigerian Union of Teachers in Akwa South Local Government Area has refuted that. Chairperson of the union in the local government, Buife Ndigwe, said schools only go on break next week.
The girl’s father, Simeon Ukachukwu, confirmed the incident, saying it was a sad development but “an act of God.” The police in the state say they are not aware of the incident.