Edo school rampage: Government retires permanent staff, two principals and good students
The Edo state government has ordered the permanent secretaries of the Ministry of Education and Post-Primary Education Board as well as the two principals of Idogbo Secondary School to retire following of the unleashing of students at school on December 3, 2021.
The decision was taken during the meeting of the State Executive Council chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, at Government House, Benin City on Wednesday.
In a statement after the meeting, Communications and Guidance Commissioner Andrew Emwanta said the council made the decision after considering the report of a committee set up to investigate the fracas and make recommendations to the government.
He said, “Following the findings and recommendations of the committee report, the council approved that the permanent secretaries of the Ministry of Education and that of the Edo State Post-Primary Education Council be retired. Also concerned by this decision are the principals of the primary and secondary schools of the secondary school of Idogbo.
“The council also approved the rehabilitation of the school, which is now to operate as a junior secondary school.”
He said the council had ordered Idogbo Secondary School to reopen on February 1, 2022 and all students must be readmitted and pay a fee before being readmitted.
The Commissioner added: “All Heads of Secondary Schools in the State are advised not to admit pupils immediately if they cannot produce a transfer certificate from the Ministry or its branches in the LGAs .
“The council has also ordered the decongestion of schools to impose less than 50 pupils per class. All directors are cautioned to discontinue the usual practice of admitting students without resorting to the existing admissions policy.
“In accordance with the Universal Basic Education Act of 2004 which states that basic education consists of the first nine years of schooling plus one year of early childhood education, the Edo State Government will now embark on the disarticulation of primary and secondary schools.”
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