Akwa Ibom Govt Vows to Surcharge Erring Teachers, Principals by 50% for Lateness

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Akwa Ibom Govt Vows to Surcharge Erring Teachers, Principals by 50% for Lateness

…threatens to dismiss sexual offenders, fraudulent staff

  Itoro Bassey

Akwa Ibom State Government has threatened that lateness to duty post by any teacher or principal in the state public schools would now attract a 50% surcharge of salary, after a serious warning in the first instance.

Similarly, any teacher or principal absent from school without permission, or found to be absent in classe, or refused to write notes of lessons would be surcharged between 50 and 100% henceforth.

Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet who handed over the warning on Thursday at a meeting with members of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), advised Principal Generals to always cross lines in the time book for lateness daily.

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Mrs. Etiebet, who noted that the state government would be very hard on anyone found  indulging in the acts, warned that government school premises should not be used on weekdays for social functions such as burials, marriages, coronations, birthdays, football competitions, evening schools, or church activities.

She said the use of any school premises on Saturdays and Sundays for social activities would henceforth be subject to approval by the Ministry of Education, noting that any breach of this policy would attract severe sanctions.

Our correspondent gathered that other sanctions erring teachers would suffer include: stoppage of salary and subsequent dismissal for anyone who refuses to proceed on posting, demotion for incompetence in teaching and administration, and dismissal for illegal collection/misappropriation of funds.

Other offences which would also attract prosecution and subsequent dismissal discussed during the meeting include sexual abuse/scandals, trading in school premises, and falsification of records.

Mrs Etiebet advised Principal Generals to exhibit strong leadership in their schools and curb incidence of laxity among teachers and indiscipline among students.

It was also resolved that tough principals would be redeployed to turbulent schools to replace the gentle ones in such schools, while decent dressing would be enforced among staff.

The principal generals were also urged to always display unalloyed loyalty to Governor Udom Emmanuel, desist from holding any political office, and avoid fraternities with opposition parties in the state.