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Oyo suspends 13 head teachers, 3 others for alleged illegal fees, misconducts

Engr. Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State

Emmanuel Akosile

For purported extortions and misconducts considered to be unworthy of teachers as role models in their respective institutions of learning, the Oyo State Government has ordered the immediate suspension of 13 primary school head teachers, two assistant head teachers and a classroom teacher.

Dr. Nureni Adeniran, Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OSUBEB), according to agency report, gave the order during an inspection tour of some schools in Ibadan metropolis.

Olamide Adeniji, Dr. Adeniran’s Media Aide, in a statement, said the Board applied the suspension to the erring teachers following established facts on the ground at the various schools they supervised.

The statement further confirmed that the teachers were indicted of insubordination, refusal to comply with posting instructions and illegal collection of fees from pupils.

Adeniran said the suspended teachers would face a disciplinary committee of the Board.

The committee has been mandated to ensure thorough probe of the allegations and give all concerned fair hearing, OSUBEB Executive Chairman disclosed.

He said that the state would not tolerate inequity and gross indiscipline among teachers.

It would be recalled that Oyo State Government, after announcing free and qualitative education in May 2019, also approved the payment of N526million running-grants to primary and secondary schools for first term of 2019/2020 session.

Consequently, the schools, report says were expected to submit records of disbursements to the state government at the end of each term in the session.

Adeniran stated that “it was during our tour of schools that we discovered failure of some teachers to comply with posting instructions, while some of them were collecting illegal money from the pupils despite reiteration of the free-education policy of this administration.

“So far, we have discovered that some saboteurs are among the teachers, who are flouting the state government’s directives and pulling down our efforts to sanitise the teaching system in the state,” he stated.

Adeniran described the acts of the teachers as unruly, adding that the government would set up a standing disciplinary committee to handle the misdemeanour.

“We discovered that the absence of supervision and monitoring of education activities in the state has given so much room for impunity and indiscipline.

“We will not allow this to happen henceforth.

“This will serve as a deterrent to saboteurs among head teachers in the state,” he said.

According to him, “they shall know henceforth, that the state government will not tolerate indiscipline.”

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