By Henry Odeh
The Oyo State Government has on Monday ordered the immediate suspension of 13 primary school Head Teachers, two Assistant Head Teachers and a classroom Teacher for extortion and various misconducts.
The state government issued the directive through the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, following an inspection tour of some schools in Ibadan metropolis by the SUBEB boss and some top officials of the board.
Dr Adeniran maintained that Oyo state government would not tolerate any form of gross indiscipline and misconduct among teachers, adding that the Board suspended the erring teachers due to established facts from the report on ground at the various schools that has been supervised.
He stated 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 said that the suspended teachers would face a disciplinary committee set up by the board, said the committee has 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.
Dr. Adeniran also stated that the present administration under the leadership of governor Seyi Makinde would not relent in creating conducive teaching environment for teachers through provision of infrastructures, payment of running grants and prompt payment of salaries.
He, however, warned teachers not to mistake the present administration’s dedication and commitment to its promise as a sign of weakness to sanction erring workers in the state.