Students' rampage: Obaseki orders retirement of 2 Perm Secs, 2 principals

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Governor Godwin Obaseki

By Jethro Ibileke

Two permanent secretaries and two principals have fallen casualties to the destruction of Idogbo Secondary School in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, following the student rampage at the school on December 3, 2021.

The affected Permanent Secretaries are those of the Ministry of Education and the Post-Primary Education Board.

The State Government gave the directive for their compulsory retirement during an Executive Council (EXCO) meeting, chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House, Benin City, on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta, the EXCO reached the decision after it considered the report of a committee empaneled by the council and chaired by the Deputy Governor, to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the fracas and make recommendations to the government.

The statement said: “Following the students’ rampage at Idogbo Secondary School on December 3rd, 2021, which led to attacks on the school principals and teachers as well as destruction of the school’s property, the Executive Council (EXCO) empaneled 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.

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“The report of the committee was submitted today at the EXCO and deliberated extensively.

“Flowing from the findings and recommendations of the committee’s report, the EXCO approved that the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Education and that of Edo State Post Primary Education Board be retired from service. Also affected by this decision are the Principals of the Junior and Senior Schools of Idogbo Secondary School.

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

The statement added that Idogbo Secondary School will now reopen on February 1, 2022, and that all students are to go through re-admission and pay a levy before they will be readmitted, to repair the damage wrought on the school.

The State Government further directed that 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 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 junior from senior schools,” the statement added.

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