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Edo demotes four principals to classroom teachers

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They were alleged to have collected between N11,000 and N20,000 for school uniforms as against N3,000 for Junior Secondary School and N4,000 for Senior Secondary School approved by the state government.

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Following their roles in the collection of illegal fees from students in four secondary school, principals in Edo State, who were last week suspended, have been demoted to classroom teachers.

They were also asked to refund the difference of the money they collected from students under the strict supervision of Post Primary Education Board.

They were alleged to have collected between N11,000 and N20,000 for school uniforms as against N3,000 for Junior Secondary School and N4,000 for Senior Secondary School approved by the state government.

The affected teachers were Glory Omorodion of Oka Junior Secondary School, Mrs. Victoria Okuonghae of Niger College Junior School, Mrs. Cecilia Isibor of Idogbo Junior Secondary School and Mr. Bright Omorogie of Idogbo Senior Secondary School.

Chairman, Edo State Post Primary Education Board, Mr. Gabriel Oiboh, announced the demotion of the teachers while giving report of the disciplinary committee set up to investigate them. He stated that the teachers were found guilty of collecting illegal levies having admitted during questioning by the committee.

Meanwhile in a bid to make its pupils educated in foreign languages and international relationship, Fourier International School, Akure, has embarked on training of its language teachers overseas for foreign studies.

Director of the school, Olumide Omosuyi, who spoke with The Guardian in Akure, said the school was exploring ample opportunities available in foreign languages for the development of the students.

Omosuyi reiterated the need for Nigerian schools at all levels to expose students at an early age to the studies of foreign languages, urging the ministry of education to prioritize it in the school curriculum.

According to him, “the school management has made it a policy to add German language to the study of English and French languages in the school syllabus so that the pupils can be proficient speakers of at least three international languages.”

The Director disclosed that the institution had set up a committee, which would oversee the training of some teachers in the school abroad with all expenses paid by the management.

“One of our teachers, Odidiomo Taiwo, who studied Linguistics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, will soon leave for Germany for further studies in order to deliver on our mandate, which is to set an international standard and equip students for competition with their contemporaries not only in Nigeria, but also around the world,” he said.



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