Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Principal in virginity test scandal suspended

The Ogun state Government in western Nigeria, on Wednesday waded into the reported case of a Principal, Mrs Olufunke Aladeojebi, who allegedly conducted virginity test on some female students.

After preliminary investigations by the state’s Ministry of Education, the State Government suspended Aladeojebi, the Principal of Ajuwon High School, Iju Ajuwon in the Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr Segun Odubela, told newsmen in Abeokuta that the ministry had interrogated the principal “to give her fair hearing.’’

Odubela added that a five-man panel made up of officials of the ministry and the state’s Teaching Service Commission was set up to further investigate the case and make appropriate recommendations on how to deal with the matter.

He said that the government was concerned about the welfare and interest of the students and would not tolerate any act that would compromise their fundamental rights or jeopardise their future.

“We equally believe in the need to maintain discipline in our schools and to follow due process in the handling of this particular case.

“We appeal to parents of the students involved to be patient and allow us to handle the case as dictated by the law of the land and service rules,” he said.

A Nigerian newspaper had reported that the principal, in conjunction with a nurse conducted a virginity test on the female students of the school. Out of the 300 students in SS1, only 38 of them passed the test.

The tests were carried out without the consent of parents.

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