School apologises after teacher called in armed police to threaten pupils over assignments

Enugu State governor Ugwanyi [Photo Credit: Catholic Diocese of Nnsukka

The Management of Early Dew Montessori Academy, Enugu, has tendered an unreserved apology to Enugu State Government for the untoward and unprofessional act displayed by a teacher in the school.

A teacher had invited armed police officers to the school premises to threaten some school children between the ages of four and seven for failure to do their assignments.

The letter of apology, addressed to Commissioner for Education, Enugu State, was made available to journalists on Friday.

“We apologise most profusely for the embarrassment to your esteemed office and the Executive Governor of the State whose unfailing support for the education sector seemed to have been sullied,” the letter said.

“The school also tendered our unqualified apologies to all those out there whose sense of decency and civility may have been offended by the unfortunate incident.

“The unprofessional act was most uncalled for as it was overzealousness by the head teacher taken too far.

“There was no intention whatsoever to arrest any child as alleged as no child was taken outside the school premises.”

According to the statement, we promise and undertake that such will never happen again under our watch.

“We appeal most humbly that the closure of the school be lifted so that our children are not unduly affected negatively by the continued closure of the school,” it appealed.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Uche Eze, had on receiving reports from concerned citizens of the unfortunate incident, visited the school.

Mr. Eze, however, withdrew the school’s operational licence immediately after confirming that the incident took place.

A letter by Mr. Eze, dated February 20, and addressed to the school’s proprietress, stated that the act “constitutes gross professional misconduct and could leave the children psychologically traumatised”.

The letter stressed that “it also has the potential of diminishing the person of the child and making him or her live in perpetual fear of schooling”.

The act was greeted with wide condemnation from the public, especially in the social media. (NAN)


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  • Nkem

    So what happened to the infantile police officers?

    • Tobe Ifesinachi

      That’s the pertinent question that nobody is asking! Bet they must have been bribed to do that, in a country where you can buy the police to do just about any shameful chore.

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  • Sir Louis

    Apology accepted. The incident was an over reaction caused by perhaps frustration. However, all said, the parents and guardians of these pupils should ensure that in future they do their home work. Doing homework and being used to it aids learning and is an act of responsible upbringing especially now that the country is battling with poor standard of education.

  • JasV

    The police officer(s) who answered such a hopeless call to duty have also got question to answer. Will they have answered the call if the school was under the threat of armed robbers. FOOLS including their supervisors if they have any human being as such

  • stanejike

    This is just the case of a joke taken too far by the head teacher. No harm intended. Serious lesson learnt, I guess. Government should allow classes to resume!

  • John Michael

    It is only in Nigeria a school can rent police to do this bizarre job. If the school had raised alarm on robbery or kidnapping no police would have shown up. The authorities are right on the closure and I believe the school should remain closed until there is sufficient evidence of greater professionalism on the part of the school authorities. The police should also be reprimanded for responding to this bizarre demand.