By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY-THE Edo State Government Saturday suspended four secondary school teachers including the wife of former House of Representatives member in the state, Mrs Cecillia Ifaluyi Isibor for alleged illegal collection of levies from students.
The suspended principals were alleged to have collected between N11,000 and N20,000 for school uniforms as against N3,000 for Junior Secondary School and N4,000 for Senior Secondary School approved by the state government.
Others suspended includes Glory Omorodion of Oka Junior Secondary School, Mrs. Victoria Okuonghae of Niger College Junior school, Mr. Bright Omorogie of Idogbo Senior Secondary School while Mrs Isibor is the principal of Idogbo junior secondary school.
Commissioner for Education, Dr. Christopher Adesotu who disclosed this to journalist, said the affected principals has been referred to the Post Primary Education Board for disciplinary action.
The Commissioner stated that several warnings and circulars have been issued by the state government to school principals to stop collection of illegal levies but some principals ignored the directives.
He disclosed that he uncovered the principals’ action when he interacted with some students during his visit to some schools.
“I discovered that some students paid N11,000, N16,000 and N20,000 for school uniforms. And that was illegal”.
He warned Chief Inspectors of Education to be alive to the discharge of their duties or face dismissal.