The Akwa Ibom state Government has indefinitely suspended 71 students of Etoi Secondary School, Etoi, in Uyo local government, for unruly conduct.
Their suspension was announced on Thursday, November 21, by the state Government education monitoring team during an official assignment.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien who led the monitoring team said the suspension of the students was as a result of preliminary investigations into an attack on the school Principal and properties by the rampaging students on Wednesday, November 20.
“Some senior students of the school had attempted to set the school building ablaze. They destroyed the school farm and properties, they equally held the Principal to ransom, and when Police men arrived to put the situation under control, they fought the police.”
Prof. Essien advised the rest of the students to remain law abiding and expose bad eggs among them, adding that any student who wishes to be transferred to another school must provide a transfer letter issued by his former principal and attesting to the character of such student.
At Uyo High School, the Commissioner advised teachers against lateness to work, and urged them to instill discipline in students in order to make them useful to the society.
He said government would not hesitate to sanction any teacher found wanting.
He was accompanied on the monitoring team by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Mrs Helen Ante; Chairman, State Secondary Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Umanah Sam Umanah; SSA to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet; Director for Education, Barr. Theresa Attih; SA to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso; State Chairman, National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), Mr Emmanuel Ataideh, among others.
Earlier in her observation, the state education monitoring team led by Mrs. Idongest Etiebet ordered that teachers who either reported to work late or were absent, should be queried immediately.
Mrs Etiebet warned that it was appropriate for teachers to go to school by 7:30am, take part of the morning devotion, and develop notes of lesson before attending classes.
She maintained that the Governor’s free Education policy will not succeed if the Teachers and Students are found wanting and loitering during school hours.
Also speaking at Ibesikpo Asutan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation Mr Essien Ndueso, warned the students against joining cultism, stating that it was a short route to failure and premature death.
The team also visited Ibesikpo Secondary Commercial School, Lutheran Primary school, Ikot Obio Offong; Government Primary School, Ikot Udo; Government Primary School Okop Ndua Erong and Asutan Ekpe Comprehensive School respectively.
At each school, they frowned at the large number of teachers absent from their duty post, poor mode of dressing of teachers, the curriculum as well as the sad state of learning infrastructure and facilities there.
They also warned that the practice of sending students to farms and open fields in the morning would no longer be tolerated.
Among other schools visited by the education team were Government Technical College, Ewet; Comprehensive Secondary School, Four Towns; Methodist Central School, Ifa Atai; Christian Secondary School, Uyo and Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Etukudoh.