Governor Godwin Obaseki

By Ozioruva Aliu – Benin City

The Edo  State government has retired the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Education and the Post-Primary Education Board as well as the two principals of Idogbo Secondary School following the students’ rampage at the school on December 3, 2021.

State  Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta, in a statement said the decision was reached during an Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki at Government House, Benin City.

According to him, “Following the students’ rampage at Idogbo Secondary School on December 3, 2021, which led to attacks on the school principals and teachers as well as destruction of the school’s property, the Executive Council 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 report of the committee was submitted today (yesterday) 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.

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

He said the council directed that Idogbo Secondary School reopen on February 1, 2022, and that all students were to go through re-admission and pay a levy before they would be readmitted, to repair the damage wrought on the school.

He added: “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,” he added.

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