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SS3 Student Opts For Pidgin At Assembly Probe

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SS3 Student Opts For Pidgin At Assembly Probe

ss3 student speaks pidgin at assembly probe Chukwuebuka

Feb 15, 2012 – SS3 Student Opts For Pidgin At Assembly Probe

It was a show of shame yesterday at the Oyo State House of Assembly when an SSS3 student of United Senior Secondary School, Ijokodo, Ibadan, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria, could not address the legislators in simple and correct English.

Master Allison Chukwuebuka, also called Ebuka, was invited by the legislators to explain why he beat up his class teacher, Mr. Gbenga Ogunleye, a graduate of Ekiti State University for punishing him alongside other 19 students for indecent dressing.

The student was ushered into the Assembly chambers in the company of his father, Mr. Emmanuel Allison, an inspector with Nigeria Customs Service, and other three top officers of the service.

When called upon by the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Monsurat Sumonu to narrate what led to a clash between him and his teacher, Mr. Gbenga Ogunleye on Friday 27 January 2012, there was slight confusion as to whether he was mature enough to take an oath.

But Ebuka himself came to the rescue as he claimed he was 18 years even though investigation by the state Ministry of Education revealed that he was over 20 years.

Immediately he started speaking in Pigin English, the father felt embarrassed, faced down and covered his face as he could not look up throughout the period the son addressed the House on why he beat up his teacher.

Giving his own side of the story, Chukuebuka said: “I get to school in the morning. The teacher see me with sandal. He say make I remove my trouser, I say no l can’t remove it before everybody. He double the cane, flog me, flog me and flog me. He flog me finish. He flog me until I fall for ground. He dey flog me. The cane too much. The wound too much. After, Vice Principal send me home make I go call my parent”.

Responding to a question by the Speaker, Chukuebuka, former student of Imo State Community School who joined United Senior Secondary School last year, said that he was not the only student punished for misconduct that day but he was the only one that violently reacted to the punishment.

His explanation irked the legislators as they unequivocally condemned him for his action.

They also condemned his father who was alleged to have led at least 10 of his colleagues into the school in three Customs’ vehicles, shooting indiscriminately and encouraged the son to beat up his teacher.

Kehinde Subair simply summarised his view by saying, “There is an act of indiscipline in the Ministry of Education which must be seriously addressed.”

Other legislators that condemned the student for his action were Ibrahim Bolomope representing Egbeda State Constituency and Ganiyu Adekunle from Atiba State Constituency.

Bolomope in his own contribution declared that the student’s father was not fit to be in Customs Service, stressing that his contribution to the saga was quite bad.

But Olusegun Olaleye, popularly called Radical, and the youngest in the Oyo House of Assembly, stood on the side of the students and pleaded with the House to temper justice with mercy.

He said that the erring student should be forgiven in the spirit of Valentine which preaches love.

He claimed that the student’s teacher was wrong to have brutalised the student. But he was shouted down by his colleagues and prevailed upon to take his seat.

Speaker Sumonu, however, gave two weeks to the three authorities: Oyo State Ministry of Education, Customs Service and the police to make their reports available to the House.

The student has been suspended.

The session was greeted with reaction from over 100 people that came to witness the session.

Most people could not comprehend why an SS3 student could not speak good English, saying that there is enough evidence to show that Nigeria’s educational system has completely collapsed.

A woman was heard saying, “Did they say that boy will sit for WAEC this year? What will he write in the examination? Unfortunately, the state government has paid for his examination. I think the state government should stop paying WAEC examination fees on behalf of students. Anybody that can’t pay should not sit for the exam because they cannot be wasting money on unserious students.

There are many things the government can use our money to do.”



  1. nicholas

    February 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    dat’s very bad

  2. Angel michael

    February 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    It is most unfortunate that an sss3 boy could not represent himself in english language.H/eva,i strongly disagree with anyone who posits dat it is waste of cash to pay for students’ enrollment.We shud not 4get that thr r students who r intelligently rich but financially impotent.wat becomes of dem?Shud they be left to wallow in self pity?I vehemently hold dat d ryt tin to do is to improve our teachin input as dat will go a long way in improvin d output.

  3. Glory

    February 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Lord have mercy! Honestly the father should be dismissed from service and the boy punished as an adult. He wants to be a thug, then he shouldn’t go to school. mtcheeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww

  4. ben268

    February 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    That is really shocking. I’m surprised at the horrendous English skills, and by a guy that’s older than 20!


    February 15, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    You see thats what we are talking about indiscipline.His fathers qualification suppose to be investigated because like father like son and they are both criminals.Now the stupid boy has blocked poor children concerning w.a.e.c fee.But i’ll advise the state not to stop paying for their waec cause of the serious ones but to set a standard for those who will priviledged. may be any student that has 8 credit or distintion in his SS2 courses.

  6. jeff

    February 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    What does punishment in or any matter involvin a school concerns d house of assembly or don’t they ve beta things to do

  7. Essien

    February 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    “I think the state government should stop paying WAEC examination fees on behalf of students. Anybody that can’t pay should not sit for the exam because they cannot be wasting money on unserious students.

    “There are many things the government can use our money to do.”””
    …To whoever posted this, are you being serious?? the state government should stop paying for the young ones whether good or bad??? you sound like a right twat!!
    you don’t seem to get the real meaning of life

  8. Richard c Rolland

    February 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Is bad for a student to beat up his teacher but that is not the business of the house and let them not be tribalistic.

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