Anambra State Government Enforces Closure of School After Child Abuse Incident

In a firm response to a grave incident of child abuse, the Anambra State Government has enforced the closure of Landmark School Mgbakwu, following the arrest of a teacher for allegedly beating an 8-year-old pupil into a coma.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, addressed the media, stating, “We received this unfortunate incident from an illegal school in Mgbakwu that a child was beaten to a coma over the weekend. On behalf of the state government, we invited the proprietress of the illegal school as well as the teacher who purportedly beat the child. We have handed the matter to the police for further investigations, as we await Mr. Governor’s directives. Meanwhile, the school is closed down indefinitely because it’s not supposed to exist in the first instance.”

Prof. Chuma-Udeh further emphasized the government’s stance on the issue, “Any parent who is enrolling their child in an illegal school is doing so at their peril. To the proprietors of private schools, anyone running an unapproved school in Anambra is a criminal. It’s a criminal offense to run an illegal school in the state. Whether the school is legal or not, it’s criminal to beat a child. According to the doctor, the chances of survival of the child are 20%.”

The teacher, Faith Nwonye, is currently facing legal actions for violating child rights and is expected to endure the full wrath of the law for her actions. The commissioner added, “As soon as the police are done, the teacher will face other institutions against child rights. She’s going to have the full wrath of the law brought upon her over her actions.”

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This incident has brought to the forefront the critical issue of child safety within educational institutions and the need for stringent enforcement of laws protecting children’s rights. The community and the nation are now closely monitoring the situation, awaiting the outcome of the police investigation and the subsequent measures that will be implemented to safeguard the welfare of children in schools.

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