Lagos probes student sent out of school over election poster

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By Ihechi Enyinnaya

Lagos State Ministry of Education is investigating the complaint of a parent that his child was sent out of school for using the poster of one of the contestants in the last election to wrap his books. The incident was reported to have happened at Odomola Junior Secondary School, Epe.

The Ministry has recalled the principal, who will be asked to explain the incident.

Daily Review Online had reported how 10-year old JSS 2 student of Odomola Junior Secondary School, Odomola Epe in Lagos state, Marvelous Barinaadaa was on Tuesday reportedly sent home because she wrapped one of her books with the poster of Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Barinada Marvelous was given a written note to exit the school because she violated the instructions that Lagos state government allegedly gave schools in the state.

Here father wrote: “This is to inform you all, that my Daughter Marvelous Barinaadaa, was exited from Odomola Secondary school today 14th March, the school Principal, just because my daughter use Peter Obi poster paper to Rap her note Book for school, and this girl is just Ten years old, she didn’t know anything about Politics, but she was sent away from school without informing the parent, because they say we support Peter Obi and Labour. Please, Is this Act by the school Principal good, See what the school Principal wrote on that Letter.

A statement by Ganiu Lawal, Asst Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education said: “The Lagos State Government, the Ministry of Education and all its agencies will never instruct any school principal, personnel or teacher to act in such a manner.

“The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, reassures the public that the matter will be dealt with within the scope of our strict regulations as the reason for sending home the student is unacceptable – if true.

“Mrs Adefisayo also hinted that another school principal at Odonguyan who was caught on camera, as shared on social media, promoting her political choice to the students has been subjected to appropriate disciplinary measures.

“The Ministry promotes and runs a public school system devoid of politics and political insinuations. A thorough investigation of the matter will be carried out and anyone found culpable will be subjected to disciplinary measures as laid down in the civil service rules.”