CITIZENS COMPASS– A Junior Secondary School Student of Odomola Secondary School, Marvellous Barinaadaa has been sent home by the school principal for allegedly wrapping her books with the poster of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, (LP) Mr Peter Obi.
This reportedly occurred on Tuesday, Match 14, 2023 but the student’s took to social media to disclose the information which went viral on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
She appealed to Nigerians to bail her out of the situation.
According to the parent, the pupil is 10 years old.
The mother posted a copy of the memo by the school principal on social media with a an appeal to Nigerians.
This is to inform you all, that my daughter, Marvelous Barinaadaa, was exited from Odomola Secondary School today 14th March 2023, by the principal, just because my daughter used Peter Obi’s poster paper to wrap her notebook 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 parents because they say we support Peter Obi and Labour Party.
“Please, is this act by the principal good? See what the school principal wrote in that letter. And after we will say we are one Nigeria.”
She also alleged that the family had suffered a lot because of their perceived support for Obi.
However, the President of Odomola Secondary School Old Students Association, OSSOSA, Epe, Apagun Saka Shola, stated that the student was sent home for allegedly causing nuisance and distraction through the distribution of posters of Obi in the classroom.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the State Ministry of Education to commence investigation into the complaint of a parent whose child was sent out of school for using the poster of one of the contestants in the last election to wrap his books.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, who announced the measure on Wednesday, said the governor has approved the recall of the principal, who will be asked to explain the incident.
“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,” Adefisayo stated.
The commissioner, reassured the public that “the matter would be dealt with within the scope of our strict regulations as the reason for sending home the student is unacceptable – if true. “
Adefisayo, also stated that another school principal at Odonguyan, Ikorodu, 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, ” Adefisayo stated.