DELTA State Government says it will no longer tolerate absentee teachers in its fold and therefore advised those who are not ready to abide by the rules to leave before the full weight of the law descends heavily on them.
The State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Professor Muoboghare, gave the advice at Tsekelewu in Warri North Local Government Area, when he paid an unscheduled visit to Tsekelewu Secondary School and observed that some teachers in the riverine areas of the State embarked on shift duties instead of going to school on daily basis without government approval.
Professor Muoboghare reminded the Zonal Permanent Secretaries and Chief inspectors of Education that there are no shift duties for teachers in public schools in the State.
He said that the act was unacceptable and was a clear indication of indiscipline and lack of commitment to work noticed in schools particularly in the riverine areas of the State.
The commissioner, who expressed sadness on the goings in the schools, wondered why such acts would be going on without the Zonal Permanent Secretaries and the Chief inspectors of Education alerting the Ministry of the unholy act.
Professor Muoboghare said that since on assumption of duty he has continued to appeal for a change of heart from teachers without success warning that the Ministry would from henceforth deal severely with of them found wanting.
In his separate interaction with students, the commissioner implored them to take their studies seriously as that was the only way they could be useful to themselves in future.
Professor Muoboghare was earlier at Iwere College, Koko, where at 8:30am, only eight out of 44 teachers, including the Principal, Mrs Elizabeth Sagay were present in school and therefore directed all the absentee teachers to report to his office in Asaba on Tuesday.
He said that the facilities in schools were enough to make the teachers perform their duties with ease but the action of most of them showed lack of interest in their job.