Well, the school has been completely shut down.
Sometime in early February, the proprietress of Early Dew Montessori school in GRA Enugu, had arranged with some officers of the Enugu state police command, to arrest some of the pupils who had failed to turn in their assignments.
The students were put behind a police van, an act which the proprietress claimed was to ‘discourage indiscipline, and also instill hard work and good conduct among pupils’.
Explaining her actions, the proprietress, Mrs Ify Okonkwo, said:
In my mind, I thought I was doing it to bring the children up in a way that they will be attached to their studies. No child was manhandled neither did they point a gun at any of the children.
I was the person that took the pictures and posted them on Whatsapp, with the caption ‘Some children were arrested today for not doing their homework, for not reading their books, for not behaving well, but they promised to change’. I didn’t mean any harm; I meant well for the kids. If not, I wouldn’t have made it public – it would have been between me and the teachers.
Fortunately, an uproar by social media users who saw the photos when it was shared on Facebook caused the Enugu state government to step in and suspend the school’s operations on Monday, February 20.
The Enugu state Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Eze, said the issue was ‘an embarrassment to the state government and a serious psychological abuse of the concerned children’.
He also ordered the school management to write an apology letter to the state government, parents of the children and the entire people of Enugu state, emphasizing that these actions must be taken by the school or they would face permanent closure.