Akwa Ibom School Principal Sacked For Negligence

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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State


By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo

The principal of Nung Oku ltina Community Secondary School, Ikot Mbong, in Onna Local Government Area, Mr Ime Akpabio has been dropped as a Principal General for gross negligence of duties.
The Executive Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board, Mr Umana S. Umana announced the decision while on an unscheduled visit to the school.
The Chairman was shocked to find that the principal could neither give any reasonable explanation to several administrative lapses found in his school nor comport himself as a school administrator.
He said the state government cannot harbour personnel who exhibit incompetence despite several cautions to avoid a ruin of the educational system which is very critical for the growth of any society.
The Board Chairman has also appealed to the authorities of the Presbyterian Church to hand over fully, the management of Union Secondary School, Ibiaku,Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area to the state government.
He described as unfortunate the situation in which the Church after agreeing to hand over the institution to Government refused to allow Government Officials full access to its administrative facilities.
As at the time the Chairman who was represented by Board Member One, Mr. Michael Akpan in company of the Board’s Permanent Secretary and directors visited the school, the official office of the principal was locked forcing the principal to squat in a temporary place.
The Board management team realized that the principal’s office alongside all official documents have not been handed over to government appointed principals posted to the school many years after Presbyterian Church handed it back to government.
Mr. Umana called on the Presbyterian Church to sort out all issues affecting the handing over so that the school can be effectively administered.
At Secondary School ldidep, the Board team decried the poor attitude to work displayed by the school Principal and staff.
When the Board’s monitoring team arrived at about 10am, the school principal was yet to arrive and no teacher taught in any of the classes.
The Board Chairman charged teachers to justify their presence in school by teaching the students effectively.
Mr. Umana directed that the school principal should report at the BoardHeadquarters to explain her absence and several other lapses found in the school.
It would be recalled that the state government in an effort to address the hills in the education sector, had set up a monitoring committee to carry out routine monitoring of academic activities in both public and private schools in the state.

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