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Toddler Injured in School Gets Expelled after Her Parents Lodged a Complaint at a Police Station that the School Neglected Her

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remmok-schoolA 2-year-old girl, Doxa Etim-Esin has been expelled from her school after her parents reported the school to the police, complaining that it neglected the toddler who had an injury on her face.

A civil rights activist, Emeka Ugwuonye, who shared the story, quoted the mother of the child as saying:

Apart from being in the school within school hours, we also paid for after school care to be provided for her until we pick her up later in the evening.

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, I got to the school premises at about 7.30pm and upon checking her body, I noticed her right eye was bleeding. I was alarmed! I beckoned on the small boy she was left with and all he could say was….”I dont know what happened. It’s not our fault.”

At this point, I was left with no other option but to raise an alarm. The proprietress’ daughter came out and maintained that whatever happened to my daughter was not their fault. At this point, I was so traumatised to keep calm.

I kept demanding for explanations but got none. The proprietress’ husband came out at that point to say I had no right shouting in his premises and then ordered me out of his residence.

On of the daughters also flung my child’s school bags at me insisting the accident was not their fault. I reported the issue to the nearest police station and the next day, the school management was invited.

The DPO invited the teacher and she was detained. We made it plain that our displeasure was basically the fact that a 30-month-old child had an accident where adults were around and was left without even first aid treatment for the next 5hours.


To our greatest surprise, the school, on Monday, November 7, 2016, inserted a dismissal letter in her school bag which was to be effective the very next day.

In the school’s dismissal letter, it advised the parents to withdraw the child from the school “in light of forestalling a repeat of such incidence”.

The letter also claimed that the toddler’s teacher has resigned from the school, adding that they took the action because they “are incapable of taking care of her (Doxa) for now, and cannot assure (the parents) of a non repeat of such incident”.

30 Comments

  1. Nuna

    November 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

    What kind of unprofessional letter is this? And they left the child without basic first aid for 5 Hours!!!!
    All these quack private schools and proprietresses in Lagos ehh. SMH

  2. Andeyaba

    November 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I hope the government of Lagos State close this school and the operating license revoked

    • Baby gurl

      November 15, 2016 at 10:30 am

      And what will happen to the other pupils? The individuals directly linked to this crime (yes it is a crime) should be booked accordingly and face the law. It’s pathetic to know that people get away with so much wrongdoing in this country and the cycle continues year after year nobody is brought to book so no-one is conscious of the effect of their actions.

    • Marlvina

      November 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Operating wetin? All ds chewing gum schools. You really think this one has a licence?

  3. Spunky

    November 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Just imagine! The tone of the letter reveals a lot about the school. Who issued them license? As usual, this one too shall pass without sanction…

  4. Baffs

    November 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

    apart from the mushroom school being negligent, this is wickedness of the highest level. imagine leaving the child without administering any first aid for 5 hours. this matter should not be swept under the carpet – these people need to be taught a lesson to serve as a deterrent to other callous souls. the proprietors are wild animals. they should remember that what goes around comes around. the authorities in charge should look into this matter critically using the letter as an evidence to recommend that the school should be shut down.

  5. Mo'Diva

    November 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Quack school mtcheeww

  6. Diva

    November 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Thats what you get when everyone is now using school as a lucrative business not like dey have d passion or willingness to teach or care for the children.
    Private schools everywhere, converting dia bedrooms as schools just to make money
    It’s sad..
    That means they are incapable of taking care of other kids, that school should be closed down.

  7. Jo

    November 15, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I hope the Lagos State Ministry of Education shuts down the school because clearly the proprietress and her family and including the teachers are unfit to run a school. The parents should sue the school, if they can, for damages. That way, all these schools will understand their purpose.

  8. Omoté

    November 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

    What???!!! I would go berserk on that proprietress n her husband! We all know how mischievous kids get but no one noticing a bleeding cut for 5 hours??? That school should be shutdown! What rubbish! All these private schools claiming to provide daycare services get away with so much rubbish and think it’s ok.

  9. m&

    November 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Ministry of Education that is yet to get its acts together. Last week a public primary school building fell! With pupils inside! Many escaped with injuries…one died! In Lagos! Because the building was defected, but the there was no alternative. So one finger pointing at Private schools, and the rest….pointing to the Government!
    Options for quality, standard and equitable education in Nigeria are really few. Anyway, cases like this will help to bring to the fore many underlying issues in our schools, I commend the family for speaking up about it and even petitioning the Governor. I pity for that school, the Deputy Governor (who is also the Commissioner for Education) has even been looking for private schools to close down! On the other hand, there are about 15,000 private schools in Lagos, many of them so-called mushroom schools but they are providing education for the children that the Government cannot cater for, with the huge population of Lagos. The nearest public school to you is probably some distance away, probably overcrowded and probably not up to the standards that you want so many parents settle for the private schools especially for the little ones so they can be closer to them and closer to home.

  10. Mo'Diva

    November 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

    You can imagine? Since everybody wants to have a school. The rate of quack schools in Lagos to be precise is becoming alarming. In my street alone, i’ve lost counts

  11. Thelma

    November 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Their motto says it all, “in God’s care” not their care. lol. They might as well change it to “not our fault” .. .So sad.

  12. le coco

    November 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

    i cant even imagine, this is disgusting… how is it not their fault.. even if theyn didnt harm the girl wher eis the first aid administered.. shut this school down… what trash.. they dont deserve to be open.. ministry of education should ensure all schools esspecially creches and nursery schools have nurses, on staff..

  13. x-factor

    November 15, 2016 at 11:42 am

    School Motto: IN GOD’S CARE (all na wash)
    Another Irresponsible set of idiots branding their unprofessionalism and wickedness with the name of God
    I hope wise parents withdraw their kids and government closes the school, if you cant guaranty the well being of one child, you sure cant do so for others, so why are you in business?

  14. Suga

    November 15, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Madam you better thank God that it ended this way and move on with your child to a better school. I must say that you didn’t do well to wait for them to expel her with the experience you had with the owner and the entire family. They obviously still have some conscience left or they have a little fear left in them instead they would have even done the irreversible to your child in your absence as a payback for reporting them to the police and I bet you may still not get justice in Nigeria. Only God knows how they must have treated the child after the incident before thinking of expelling the child . please find another better school and save your child from psychological and physiological vindication.

    • Fisayo

      November 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Welcome Suga

      President of Victim Blamers Association.

      See your face like “move on with your child…you didn’t do well…bla bla bla…”….it’s because of people like you and advice like yours that things like these repeat themselves. Move on abi? Then when we hear another case like this, we move on some more, and we keep moving on till we reach where?

  15. Suga

    November 15, 2016 at 11:46 am

    *victimisation *I meant to write.

  16. Ade

    November 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    The school neglected their duty and should be sanction but keeping a child in school till 7.30 pm is late. Parents need to watch it.

  17. Flexe

    November 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    The school did not try at all. 2 YRS OLD!!! For crying out loud and they didn’t even care for her after her injury. They did not try at all, so what do they want the parents to do now that they’ve returned the girl back to them…with injury. I don’t even know what to say, there is no gain no matter what the parents do, their child is hurt already.

  18. i must talk

    November 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    There is one more issue left untouched… 7.30 PM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to pick a toddler in heavens’ name is wuked! and dropping the same child under the same school’s care is evul!

    • Abi o

      November 15, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you very much!!!

  19. Iya 2`

    November 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Something similar has happened to me when i found a foreign object in my child’s privates, after hospital visit the owner verbally said similar things as written on the letter. immediately we moved to a better school. This school is in Lekki and the fees are expensive.

  20. meah

    November 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    A 2 year old child left in school till 7;30pm?

    Dear mummy please find a way to make your girl comfortable,maybe get a help or a relative to be with her till you return,
    This is not nice on the poor child

  21. molarah

    November 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    All that is on my mind is sue! sue! sue! Sue them for negligence abeg, all this grammar is not going to achieve anything.

    Someone will empty their bank account to send their child to a private school, to come and be hearing and seeing radarada….hian.

  22. AsobyEbi

    November 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hmm…. first of as a parent your child is not the sole responsibility of any school, there is no excuse to leave ur baby for unprofessional care givers till 7pm! i bet this is not the first time and there is more to this story than meets the eye.
    Secondly, call your lawyer, somebody has got to sue for negligence! and that hell hole called a school should be shut down!
    Parent get another job or business that allows you time with your children please i beg you. We need the money yes, but our innocent children needs us more.

  23. nene

    November 15, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Nigerian women are so rude and evil. The propritress’s daughters treated a mother like that. You collected her money but couldnt look after her child. I hope they sue the useless school and get a lot of money. Bullshit. I would’ve beaten both women up.

  24. Nkiruka

    November 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    You guys saying 7:30 pm is too late to pick up a child should please chill. It is most likely her parents work on the island and spend 4hours to and fro work just to afford the ”quack” school. Life in Lagos can be hellish !!!
    This is probably the best life they can afford given the circumstances. The hustle is real.

  25. Zainab

    November 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    The school is so wicked, I think other parents need to look at this story and advise themselves.

  26. Esther

    November 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    The school is saying they “are incapable of taking care of her (Doxa) for now, and cannot assure (the parents) of a non repeat of such incident”. What rubbish! so the other kids/pupil in the school are not safe. If you cannot take care and monitor these kids, then you are not worth been called a school. what were you doing without attending to that little girl at least give her the first aid treatment she needs and when the parent comes, be kind in your words and apologise to them.

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