C-River Govt Goes Tough On 31 Schools’ Principals Over Extortion, Malfeasance


BY UBON EKANEM, CALABAR – For their alleged involvement in extortion and financial malfeasance, 31 Secondary Schools Principals now have themselves to blame as the Cross River State Government (CRSG) insists they must answer for their bad behaviour.

The State Commissioner for Education, Senator Dr Stephen Odeh told newsmen in Calabar, the State capital, that the erring principals got their fingers burnt by engineering and partaking in unethical practices in their respective schools.

He said disturbing reports indicate that those identified were fingered for their involvement in registration racketeering concerning the West African Examination Council (WAEC) as well as imposition and collection of numerous sundry charges not approved by the government.

According to the Commissioner, such indiscipline and unprofessional attitude displayed by the affected principals and teachers were inimical to the government’s ongoing reforms In the education sector.

Dr Odeh, who expressed dismay over such unwholesome practices, especially at a time the government is focused on repositioning the education sector for effective service delivery, warned that the Governor Bassey Otu-led administration would not tolerate actions capable of derailing its mission of qualitative approach in raising the standard of education in the state.

Though he did not disclose the form of sanctions placed on those found culpable, Dr Odeh assured that under his watch the government would not shy away from applying effective disciplinary measures on erring principal aimed at curbing all forms of malpractices within the system.

Speaking on the issue of cultism, the Education Commissioner hinted of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of State Service to weed out any bad egg among the students at all levels of education across the State.

Furthermore, he warned that students, teachers and their accomplices found engaging in such criminal activities would be promptly arrested and prosecuted in line existing laws.

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