The Delta state government has reacted to the viral video of a seven years old little school girl Success Adebor who was ranting over the decision of her school authority sending her home due to her parents` failure to pay her second term school fees by suspending the head teacher of the school.
Mrs Veronica Igbigwe, the head teacher of Okotie-Eboh Primary School in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta state was suspended by the state education commissioner for collecting unauthorized fees and levies from school children.
During his visit to the school on Monday to access the state of things, the Commissioner, Mr Chiedu Ebie, stated that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa`s administration would not tolerate any form of extortion by state officials. He ordered detailed investigation into the activities of the suspended head teacher.
The commissioner decried the illegal actions of extortion among school heads across the state both at the primary and secondary schools levels, he reiterated that “education at the primary and secondary school levels in the state remain free”, he promised to deal decisively with the erring school head of Okotie Eboh Primary school pending the outcome of the investigation in order to serve as lesson for others. The most senior teacher in the school has been ordered to take charge in acting capacity.
The contract for the upgrade of the school has been awarded before the Success Adebor`s viral video became an issue, the commissioner said, adding that the project would be given urgent and adequate attention to accelerate its completion.
in company of the education commissioner for the visit was the chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Chief Eugene Inoaghan, a former commissioner for Housing, Chief Paulinus Akpeki and other top government functionaries.