A teacher who claimed to be the Vice-Principal of Ibruvwe Secondary School, Samagidi, Kokori in Ethiope East Local Government Area, of Delta State Mr. Joseph Erigari has been directed to refund immediately all the illegal monies collected from JSS III students in the school while awaiting further disciplinary actions.
The directive was given weekend in Samagidi by the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare when he paid an unscheduled visit to the school to ascertain the truth about the professional misconduct of some of the teachers.
Muoboghare who felt uncomfortable with the revelations by the students of the untoward activities of some of their teachers, said that since he assumed duty as a commissioner, he had continued to appeal to School Heads and teachers to have a change of heart and key into government policies of moving Education forward.
He stated that, in spite of his appeals many of them are still adamant and continued to flout his directive with impunity, thereby sabotaging the good intentions of the state government in bringing education to the door step of all Deltans.
The commissioner noted that the era of appeal was over as all recalcitrants would be dealt with henceforth to serve as a deterrent to others.
Muoboghare told the principal, Mr. Leo Ebrimoni who was barely two weeks old in the school to take full control of affairs in his own interest and ensure that Mr. Erigari ceased to function as the Vice-Principal, particularly when the Post Primary Education Board had already posted substantive Vice-Principals to the school.
Earlier in his interaction with the students in JSS III where he was told of the money they paid before they were enrolled for the final examination, the commissioner informed them that the state government had already paid the examination fees for all eligible candidates as any other payment was illegal and therefore promised to refund whatever they paid before the end of the examination.
During the interaction, the students informed the Commissioner that each of them paid between N2,500 and N7,500 depending on their bargaining power to Mr. Erigari and Mr. Victor Ifiogho.