Teacher slumps and dies, colleagues blame stress

Mrs. Oluwatosin Aina, a teacher at the Olokinne High School in Ojowo, Ijebu Igbo in the Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State, is said to have fallen and died in the school.

The town is in shock over the tragedy, which occurred on Thursday morning, according to reports from the Punch.

The late Aina is alleged to have driven herself to the school on Thursday and was reported to have begun feeling feverish shortly after arrival, according to a source who claimed to be a close family member.

The principal reportedly gave the Grade Level 14 officer—who teaches Christian Religious Knowledge—permission to go take care of her health, but she collapsed next to her car.

She was reportedly taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital’s annexe in Ijebu Igbo, where her death was officially declared.

The incident reportedly threw the entire school into mourning, giving the dedication and love of the deceased to the students and colleagues.

Mrs Aina was said to be in her 50s and married to a retired Principal within Ijebu Igbo.

The source said, “Yes, I can confirm that the unfortunate incident happened on Thursday morning. I know her very well. I heard that she started feeling uncomfortable after getting to the school and got permission from her Principal to go and treat herself but slumped beside her car.

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“She was confirmed dead at the hospital she was rushed to. She was a Christian Religious Knowledge teacher and married to a retired Principal. She should be in her 50s and either on Grade Level 13 or 14”

Speaking as well, a local teacher who insisted on remaining anonymous expressed worry about the state’s high teacher mortality rate, stating that the strain of having so few teachers is having an adverse effect on the health of the few that are available.

In response, Felix Agbesanwa, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools in Ogun State, expressed sympathy to the teacher’s family but also stated that the union was well aware of the difficulties posed by the school’s teacher shortage.

Agbesanwa said, “We have a teacher shortage challenge. This week, the government commenced the employment of 2000 teachers. This is in addition to the 1000 OgunTeach interns who were given permanent employment recently.

“We really appreciate this gesture from the Governor and hope that other outstanding issues that will further aid the teacher’s wellbeing will be addressed just as the Governor has promised.”

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