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Madarasa student dies under detention at school

Feb 21, 2020, 1:42 PM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Five pupils plus the head teacher of an Arabic Boarding School (Madarasa) in Koba Kunda, Basse, in the Upper River Region have been arrested in connection with the death of a 15 year-old pupil, Muhammed Jawara, The Point has been reliably informed.

A source that spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity described the incident as ‘shocking’ and ‘unbelievable’. The deceased, our source added, was beaten by students of the school under the instruction of the head teacher who accused him of ‘stealing one thousands five hundred dalasis (D1, 500).

Our source added: “The five students jointly beat the deceased Muhammed Jawara and locked him in a solitary confinement within the boarding school, leading to his death.”

According to our source who is familiar with the matter, the school authorities later misinformed the deceased’s family, saying the child got sick and thereafter died.

“However, the parents of the child were later informed that Muhammed Jawara was beaten by his fellow students under an instruction.

The matter was then reported to the Basse Police Station nine days after the child was buried.

“The police tried to exhume the body but found out that the deceased’s body was almost decomposing. The head teacher of the boarding school who authorised his torture was later arrested by the police.”

The matter is currently under investigation with a view to establishing the root cause of the incident.

Efforts at reaching the police spokesperson proved futile.