A group of senior secondary school pupils in Ogun State allegedly attacked their teacher, Kolawole Shonuga, after he stopped one of them from cheating during an examination at Isanbi Comprehensive High School, Ilisan-Remo. The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, resulted from Shonuga catching a pupil cheating and confiscating the student’s exam paper.
Following the school hours, the dissatisfied students reportedly confronted the teacher at the school’s gate and assaulted him. Police from the Remo Division later arrived at the scene and arrested about ten suspects in connection with the incident.
Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Omotola Odutola, stated that Shonuga made a formal report on the alleged assault at Remo Police Division. The police have arrested ten suspects in connection with the incident.
The state Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Felix Agbesanwa, expressed concern over the incident, emphasizing that students who resort to violence against teachers must face legal consequences to deter similar actions in the future. Agbesanwa asserted that no student should raise a hand against a teacher, and those responsible must be held accountable.
The Ogun State government has condemned the incident, vowing not to tolerate acts of indiscipline by learners in the state. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science, and Technology, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu, issued a stern warning, urging parents to counsel their children and emphasizing that any student misbehaving in school would face appropriate disciplinary actions.
The assault on teachers in public schools has become a concerning trend in Ogun State, with several cases recorded in 2021. To address this issue, the government introduced a compulsory undertaking, signed by students and their parents, aimed at curbing hooliganism in schools.