Secondary School Teacher to appear in court for beating and inflicting injury on student
Policemen in Kaduna State are all out to charge Moses Auta, a teacher in Government Junior Secondary School, Kachia, Kaduna State, for injuring a JSS3 student, who is also the Deputy Head girl of the school named Ralia Sulieman when he used a horsewhip that had iron pellets to beat her which later resulted to a damage to her eye.
The State Commissioner of Education, Andrew Nok, said a four-member committee made up of the Permanent Secretary, the Director of Schools and two other Directors had been set up by his ministry to investigate the incident. The committee is to submit its report by next week.
“Our priority now is to also find a way to treat the student. I have spoken with my colleague, the Commissioner of Health to assist us and arrange for the student to be treated at Kaduna State Teaching Hospital, Kaduna (former Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital),” he assured.
A spokesperson for Kaduna State police command, Aliyu Usman revealed to Premium Times that charges would be brought against the teacher at the Magistrate court, Kachia, today, March 20.
Kabiru Mohammed, the lawyer for the victim’s family, said the girl’s father, Suleiman Kachia, had assigned him to be in court on behalf of the family.
The teachers of the school and a Senior Official of the Education Ministry said the incident was an accident. They stated that the whip hit the girl’s eyes as she stood behind the teacher, who was flogging another student after whipping Ralia and that the teacher was immediately queried by the school’s principal.
“From our meeting on Thursday, we discovered that the teacher was queried by the principal when the incident happened,” the ministry official, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said.
Mr. Mohammed, the victim’s family lawyer, said even at that, the teacher cannot be exonerated since it was his action that led to the injury. The teacher assembled all the prefects and whipped them for refusing to carry out his assignment against latecomers.
Sani Abubakar, the victim’s uncle also insisted that the claims were not true. “They were just trying to water down the unfortunate incident. Ralia actually lost her eyes when she was being whipped by the teacher,” he said.
The victim’s mother said her husband is currently down with hypertension because of the incident.
However, teachers who spoke to Premium Times said Mr. Auta was well-mannered, and insisted the incident was an accident. “It is natural for students to complain against teachers who discipline them,” one teacher said. Ahmad Bello, the school librarian also described Mr. Auta as humble, respected and highly disciplined teacher.
“What happened to Ralia is just an accident. He is not a drunk and he does not smoke. In fact he sold his phone and his shop to add to the money raise for Ralia’s treatment,” Mr. Goma claimed.