23 February 2013

Nigeria: Virginity Test Principal Declared Sane By Psychiatrist

The result of the medical test conducted to determine the mental state of Olufunke Aladeojebi, former Principal of Ajuwon High School, Iju Ajuwon, has confirmed that the woman is sane and suffers no serious mental ailment.

Mrs. Aladeojobi was indicted for conducting virginity test on some female students in her school, and subsequently suspended.

The Ogun State Government said the medical test on the tutor was necessary to determine her mental state.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Education,Science and Technology, Segun Odubela stated the result of the medical test on Friday.

Mr. Odubela added that the test was conducted by Timothy Olaolu Adebowale, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Special Grade 1 with the Neuro Psychiatrist Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta.

The four-page report described Mrs. Aladeojebi, who was assessed on January 29 as a woman "who was well-orientated in time, place and person, with good attention and concentration."

The report further described her "short and long term memories" as "intact"and also demonstrated an appropriate assertiveness in declining to pay for the registration fee for her assessment pointing out that this ought to be paid by the referring body.

"There was no evidence of impairment of reality testing, or gross personality defect, as she currently expresses realistic views on issues regarding the whole incident in her school and her referral for this assessment," states the report.

The psychiatrist attributed the former principal's mistake to "lack of restraint" as "she does not appear to have feelings of personal insecurity, self doubts and incompleteness which could have in addition to her desire for perfection in her work, qualified her for a label of obsessional personality that may explain a proneness to such situational reaction".

The report blamed the nurses attached to the school for not playing the expected professional role and providing ethical voice of reason against the perceived 'order' by the principal.

"I am also of the opinion that redeployment from her present place of assignment will provide some face-saving relief, and will give her the opportunity to work through her acknowledged mistakes during the crisis"the psychiatrist further noted.

Mr. Adebowale explained that he also interviewed the school nurse, Mrs. Makinde; and F.A. Lapite, who is head of the department of science, to get further information on the character traits of the former principal and her role in the virginity test.

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