As times passes by we learn more about the Queens College matter. We hear more stories that are unearthed. The good thing is that they are unearthed and being dealt with, the sad part was the premise was a lie.
Now if you believe in outcomes, then social media played a huge part. But if you believe in process, then social media was not as brilliant.
The blogger that shared the original story did not undertake due diligence. She did not verify source, truth or person that made the accusation. That I fear and condemn.
We all rightly rushed to defend the innocence of a child that did not exist. Though in that process dirt was unearthed. But imagine if it were not true at all and was all based on only the blogger?
I am always cautious about such issues and might seem to defend criminality, but I like to see cases properly investigated. I sorely hate mob justice. It puts the society in danger.
In Nigeria it is the go we hear. Rarely do we ever hear the come. I think of families, friends and all that are stained when an accusation is made wrongly. I put myself in the alleged’s position. So I type slow with more doubt.
Queens College: Need for Sector Reform
The Queens College affair is a pointer to the reform needed in the society. The education needed for children on what should be classified as improper behaviour. When talk should be reported to a higher authority and the development of a proper grievance mechanism.
Reading commentary from supposed others and past students, many described the teacher as an innocent flirt. There is no innocent flirt. The kids did not know that.
5 prior principals had looked the other way. Might be they saw as harmless jest it thought the kids made up stories. Or protected their careers and moved on. The investigation should cover that as well.
But far beyond all these is that need for teachers and students to sign a code of conduct. And also the revival of an effective inspectorate system across board.
Primary school students still help teachers with Egusi, Ewedu and sundry. They do it joyfully. That all constitute abuse or does it not? Times change so fast. The regime of corporal punishment also needs examination. What is appropriate caning or should it be banned totally?
The Queens College matter should not die on only the abuse, molestation matter. It brought so much to the foreground. Let us look at the whole gamut.
I also hope the Facebook and Social Media activists have submitted their thoughts to the investigative panel. We all should do that.