Edo Govt Retires Perm Secs, Two Principals Over Idogbo School Rampage

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Edo Govt Retires Perm Secs, Two Principals Over Idogbo School Rampage.

The Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Education and the Post-Primary Education Board, as well as the two principals of Idogbo Secondary School, have been ordered to resign by the Edo State Government.

The order comes after a student rampage on the school grounds on December 3, 2021.

They decided at an Executive Council meeting on Wednesday at Government House in Benin City, which was headed by Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Commissioner for Communication and Orientation Andrew Emwanta said in a statement after the meeting that the executives reached the decision after considering the report of a committee appointed by the council and chaired by the Deputy Governor to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the fracas and make recommendations to the government.

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“Following the students’ rampage at Idogbo Secondary School on December 3rd, 2021, which led to attacks on the school principals and teachers and destruction of the school’s property, the Executive Council (EXCO) empanelled a committee headed by the Deputy Governor to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the unrest at the school and make recommendations to government.

“The Committee’s interventions covered academics, policy, accountability, personnel, co-curricular activities, students’ support, and community engagement.

“The executives also approved the rehabilitation of the school, which is now to operate as a Junior Secondary School.

“All secondary schools’ heads in the state are informed not to admit any students effectively immediately if they cannot produce a transfer certificate from the Ministry or its branch offices in the LGAs.

“The EXCO also directed the decongestion of schools to enforce less than 50 students to a class. All Principals are warned to desist from the usual practice of admitting students without recourse to the existing admissions policy.

“In line with the Universal Basic Education Act of 2004 that stipulates basic education as the first nine years of schooling plus one year of early childhood education, Edo State Government will now embark on disarticulation of the junior from senior schools.”

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