Oyo State government suspends 13 headteachers, others over alleged illegal fees collection, insubordination
Teachers to face disciplinary committee, says SUBEB
Governor Seyi Makinde-led government in Oyo State yesterday ordered the immediate suspension of 13 primary school head teachers, two assistant head teachers and a classroom teacher for alleged extortion and different misconducts.
The directive was issued through the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, following an inspection tour of some schools in Ibadan metropolis.
Adeniran said the government would not tolerate inequity and gross indiscipline among teachers, noting that the board suspended the erring teachers due to established facts met on ground at the various schools they supervised.
He added that apart from illegal collection of fees from pupils, the suspended teachers were also found culpable of insubordination and refusal to comply with posting instructions.
The SUBEB chairman, who stated that the suspended teachers would face a disciplinary committee set up by the board, said the committee had been mandated to ensure a thorough probe of the allegations and give all concerned fair hearing.
Adeniran gave the names of the suspended head teachers as Mrs. Agnes Amodu of IMG Primary School, Olubadan and Mrs. Janet Ayoade, who heads St. John’s Catholic Primary School 1, Eleta, who both refused to comply with posting instructions.
Similarly, Mrs. Risikat Motunrayo Ogundele, the Head Teacher, Atolu Model Primary School 4, Oremeji, was suspended for detaining a Primary 3 pupil at a police station.
Others suspended by the SUBEB for illegal collection of fees were Mrs. Kehinde Oyediran and Mrs. Monsurat Olaniyan, Headteachers at Community Primary School 1 and 2, Idi-Obi, Airport, Ibadan; Mr. Omotosho Michael, Mrs. Bilikisu Romoke and Mrs. Oyenike Damilola Adisa, Headteachers at Community Primary School 1, 2, and 3, Sasa, Ibadan.
Also, Headteachers of St. Paul’s Primary School 1, 2, 3 and 4, Yemetu, Mrs. Olukoga; Mrs. C.G. Lawal; Mrs. Simbiat Adewale and Mrs. O. F. Ogunbiyi were suspended for illegal collection of fees.
The Headteacher, IMG, School 1, Oje-Igosun, Mrs. Esther Oluranti Adeoye, was also suspended for illegal collection of fees. Her accomplice, an Assistant Headteacher, Mrs. Romoke Ahmadu-Bello and a Primary 6 teacher, Mrs. Omolola Abobade, were also suspended.
An Assistant Headteacher, IMG School 2, Oje-Igosun, Mufudat Abioye, was also suspended for illegal collection of fees.
Adeniran said: “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.”
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