Principals of 3 Senior Secondary School have been demoted by Ebonyi State Government for failing on their academic duties in their various schools.
They were demoted yesterday by the Chairman, Secondary Education Board (SEB) while 10 teachers are to lose their December 2019 salaries also for dereliction of duties.
Chairman of the State SEB, Dr. Uchechukwu Ezenyim, who disclosed this in a chat with journalists in her office in Abakaliki said the punishment of the affected workers would serve as a deterrent to others.
The Principals are Mr. Nwotolo J. N of Community Secondary School (CSS), Nzashi, in Ikwo Local Government Area, Mr. Nweke C.J of Community Secondary School (CSS) Nkomoro in Ezza North LGA and Mr. Anyigor E.N of Community Secondary School (CSS) Okpoto in Ishielu LGA.
She said they have been reported to the zonal office of SEB at Onueke, in Ezza South LGA of the state.
Mrs. Ezenyim said some of the principals and teachers are sabotaging the educational policies and programs of the government through nonchalant attitudes and warn them to stop such an attitude.
She said, “The said Principals, 3 of them in number, during the just-concluded first term examination were involved in nonchalant attitudes toward their duties. During our monitoring, we found that some of them were not complying with the rules and regulations guiding the examination.”
“When we tried to enquire why they were not doing what they were supposed to do, they were giving us flimsy excuses.”
“But the major reason we decided to sanction them to serve as a deterrent to others is that the concerned Principals are hiding some of the teachers who are believed to be having two jobs, maybe a Federal and a State job at the same time. And His Excellency, the Governor has been demanding to know those ghost workers.”
“I wonder why a teacher will not be in school for two good weeks to three weeks and no report is given about the whereabouts of the said teacher. And when you try to ascertain from the Principal who is in charge of activities in that school, he/she won’t even give you a proper excuse, on the movement of their teachers.
“Therefore, we decided to take this drastic measure on them, so that those who are hiding will come out and we will know them. The 10 teachers involved are to lose their December salaries.”
“While His Excellency is trying to rebuild our education system, they are there in the field drawing the state back.”
“Some of them are refusing the assistance that the Stakeholders in the communities wanted to give through their nonchalant attitudes. Take, for instance, the grant given to them for Agric farm in their schools, because of His Excellency’s policy that every school would be producing what they would eat and they have been doing that, but some of the Principals are misusing that fund”.