INCESSANT ATTACKS ON TEACHERS, WHY GOVERNMENT MUST TACKLE THE MENACE
Like every well-meaning Nigerian, Ika Weekly Newspaper observes, and condemns in strongest terms a new wave of incessant attacks on public teachers by students and their parents for making efforts to instill discipline among the students.
In fact, going by the litany of such reported ugly development in Ika land, it is glaringly evident that teachers have finally become endangered species marked for destruction by students and their parents for performing their noble job and responsibility
For instance, on Wednesday, October 18th, 2023, at Alihami Mixed Secondary School, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State, Mr. Sunday Onyisi Ufuah, a teacher in the school was reportedly flogged to death by a parent whose name was given as Nnajiofor Nweke (also known as Walter), and from Enugu State.
It was gathered that some students of Alihami Mixed Secondary School allegedly scaled the school’s fence to go and steal palm wine at a neighboring shop during school hours. The school authority was alerted on the development, and the students were identified and disciplinary action was taken against them.
The son of Mr. Nweke, a JSS 1 student who was among those who were disciplined for palm wine theft got home to inform his father that he was flogged by their teacher. The angry Nweke against all known logic and decency stormed the school the following morning during schools’ morning assembly with a cane. He flogged some of the teachers identified by his son as and in the process, Mr. Ufah, who was among the teachers flogged slumped and was confirmed dead some minutes later by medical personnel at the Central Hospital, Agbor, where he was rushed to by his colleagues.
Before the dust raised by this ugly incident could settle, another was up as another man reportedly came to Agbor Technical College on the 1st day in November, 2023, capped with a locally made gun to threaten a teacher who assigned his daughter to a small portion of grass to clear as a corrective punishment for being both noisy and unruly in the class during school hour.
In a similar vein, at one of the public schools in Umunede, Ika North East Local Government of Delta state, a story was told of how an entire family visited a school with the sole intention of beating up a teacher that cautioned their ward.
Away from Ika nation, Delta state to Taraba state, the story is the same. Former students of Model Secondary School located in Jalingo the Taraba state capital have allegedly stabbed their teacher to death. The teacher identified as Bassey Sardauna was stabbed outside the school premises while on board a tricycle to go home.
What the above sorry account of thoughtless attacks on innocent teachers tells us as a people is that morals have finally taken a flight out of the country while indiscipline has spread its wings on the political geography called Nigeria.
Essentially, if teachers that were formerly respected by all could now be attacked at will by students and their parents, it is a sign that there is no more hope for the future of this country unless something fast as theatrical is done to change the narrative.
To end this thriving challenge, the Ika Weekly Newspaper believes that more work needs to be done and more reforms urgently need to be made by Federal, State and Local Governments in the country to address the flourishing indiscipline and moral decadence in the country.
Parents and faith-based groups should on their part recognize that training of a child is a shared responsibility between the school, parents and religious bodies. They must therefore participate in these efforts by assisting the school to instill discipline in their children and church members.
Ika Weekly Newspaper holds the opinion that these corrective measures must be taken, and fast to save the future of our republic.