Officials in Nigeria have suspended a head teacher of a school and three other staff for meting out corporal punishment to their students.
The Principal of the Government Science Secondary School in central Nigeria’s state of Nasarawa and the other teachers involved in the act have been suspended for one month, according to the Punch.
The state Commissioner of Education, Tijjani Ahmed, told local media on Thursday that corporal punishments in public schools have been banned.
Videos of the caning of the students went viral on social media prompting the action from officials, Ahmed explained.
He said, “We have constituted a committee to investigate the matter and report to the ministry in the next one week to enable the ministry to take appropriate action.
“Already, three staff members of the school including the Principal have been given a one-month suspension over their involvement in the corporal punishment pending the report of the committee set up by the ministry.”
Teachers have now been warned against meting out corporal punishment to students and have been asked to desist “as anyone caught would face disciplinary action.”
Rights groups have campaigned against corporal punishment in parts of Africa with some countries banning the act.