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Ebonyi Slams Indefinite Suspension on Female Vice Principal over Insubordination

Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

… As her colleagues allege witch hunt fault  

Ebonyi state governor, Chief Martin Elechi

Ebonyi state governor, Chief Martin Elechi

The Ebonyi state ministry of Education has suspended the vice principal of Girls secondary school, Azuiyiokwu, Abakaliki local government area, Ebonyi state, Mrs. Azu Awa for alleged incompetence and act capable of undermining government efforts in uplifting standard of education in the state.

Commissioner for Education, Mr. Chibueze Agbo, who announced the suspension in Abakaliki on Monday during a meeting with school principals and their vice in the state, regretted that Mrs Awa, had severally indulge in acts of insubordination.

The Commissioner said, “after our meeting with principals and vice principals, of schools where reports of her actions was discussed, I resolved that Awa is to precede on an indefinite suspension for alleged acts of insubordination, misconduct, and dereliction of duty.

She would remain suspended pending the outcome of the report of the disciplinary committee that would be set up to look into the alleged offences.

Commissioner Agbo, also use the forum to warn teachers in the state against all forms of misconduct, saying government would not tolerate any act capable of truncating the transformation programmes of the state government.

However, the suspension has continued to attract mixed reaction across the state, as most stakeholders in the education sector described the action as bad and act of witch hunting.

According to some of the teachers who do not want their names in the print, Mrs. Awa, had always been a committed and dedicated teacher.

They stated that the suspended vice principal was not the type who uses her office or position to intimidate others.

“We are aware that she has been having some issues with the commissioner over matters pertaining how to run the school”

“Her suspension Came to us as a surprise, and we urge the state government to set up an independent committee to investigate the action” the teachers stated

Our Correspondent report that the commissioner, had some time ago, suspended chairman of the state secondary Education Board, an action that was reversed by the state governor, Chief Martins Elechi.

“Some of the commissioner’s actions need to be investigated by the state government, some of us are no longer happy with his high handedness” the teachers said.

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