Queens College management defends teacher accused of sexual harassment

By Esther Onyegbula Lagos —

 

Following the alleged molestation and sexual harassment of a Junior Secondary School, JSS2 student, the Management of Queens College Lagos has exonerated the accused teacher, Mr Olaseni Osifala, a Biology teacher, saying the propaganda was targeted primarily at the school’s reputation. A statement by the school Principal, Mrs Lami Amodu, said that the allegation is an attempt to ridicule, not just Osifala, but the “hard-earned reputation” of Queens College. The Principal statement read: “I have zero tolerance for such behaviour. I have a daughter who schools here, even before I became the Principal. I will not take chances. “As I speak, no single parent has come to me or any of my Vice-Principals to report the teacher as a molester. I assure you that if the allegation was true, other parents would have been buzzing our lines non-stop.

Children spread gossip fast. They would have told their parents or relations if anyone was molesting them here. No parent would have taken such news lightly. ”When this news reached me, I summoned an emergency meeting of all the critical stakeholders. We all discussed before inviting Osifala. ‘’Every one of my staff said positive things about the man. Of course they were all here (Queens College) before me, so they are qualified to assess members of staff properly.” According to Amodu: ”There was a campaign of calumny against Osifala, who happens to be the best teacher in our school.” “During World Teachers’ Day, he bagged five awards. The students all have good things to say about him. Somebody somewhere is up to some mischief and we will uncover this unfortunate drama. “We place a premium on the security and welfare of our girls. We are all mothers. We will not allow any staff to endanger girls in this school,” she said. Last week Olaseni Oshifala , a Biology teacher, was accused by a parent, Chinenye Okoye, of trying to kiss and touch the private part of her daughter, a JSS 2 pupil.

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