The Akwa Ibom state Government has suspended 71 students of Secondary School, Etoi, in Uyo local government indefinitely for unruly conduct.
Their suspension, announced Thursday by the the state Government education
monitoring team, follows Governor Emmanuel’s position to bring to book anyone found culpable sabotaging the free and compulsory education programme in the state.
Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien who led the monitoring team Thursday, said the suspension of the students was a result of preliminary investigations into an attack on the school Principal and properties by the rampaging students on Wednesday.
“Some senior students of the school had attempted to set the school building ablaze. They destroyed the school farm and properties , the equally held the Principal to ransom, and when Police men arrived to put the situation under control, they fought the police.”
Prof. Essien advised the rest of the students to remain law abiding and expose bad eggs among them, declaring that any student that seeks transfer to any school must provide a transfer letter issued by his principal principal, stating the character of such student.
At Uyo High School, the Commissioner advised teachers against lateness to work, and urged them to instill discipline in students in order to make them useful to the society.
He said government would not hesitate to sanction any teacher found wanting.
He was accompanied on the monitoring team by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Mrs Helen Ante, Chairman, State Secondary Education Board, Mr. Umanah Sam Umanah, the SSA to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, the Director for Education Barr.Theresa Attih, the SA to the Governor on Research and Documentation Mr Essien Ndueso, the State chairman National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria( NAPTAN) Mr Emmanuel Ataideh among others.
Earlier in a separate occasion during the ongoing spot assessment visits to public schools in Ibesikpo Asutan, the state education monitoring team led by Mrs. Idongest Etiebet ordered that teachers who either reported to work late or were absent, should be queried immediately.
Mrs Etiebet warned that it is appropriate for teachers to come to school by 7:30am and be part of the morning devotion, and they should develop notes of lesson to enhance their teaching exercises.
She maintained that the Governor’s free Education policy will not succeed if the Teachers and Students are found wanting and loitering during school hours.
Also speaking at Ibesikpo Asutan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation Mr Essien Ndueso, warned the students against joining cultism, stating that it was a short route to failure and premature death.
The team also visited Ibesikpo Secondary Commercial School, Lutheran Primary school, Ikot Obio Offong , Government Primary School Ikot Udo and Government Primary School Okop Ndua Erong Ibesikpo L.G.A,Asutan Ekpe Comprehensive School Okop Ndua Erong respectively.
At each school they frowned at the high number of teachers absent from their duty post, poor mode of dressing of teachers, the curriculum and , the infrastructure and educational facility needs in those schools.
They also warned that the practice of sending students to farms and open fields in the morning would no longer be tolerated.
Among other schools visited by the education team include, Government Technical College – Ewet, Comprehensive Secondary School – Four Towns, Methodist Central School – Ifa Attai, Christian Secondary School – Uyo, Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Etukudoh.