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Sexual Harassment: Ebonyi University Suspends Lecturer

The Ebonyi State Commission for Education, Prof John Ekeh on Thursday said that in line with Governor David Umahi’s determination to stop the increasing rate of sexual abuse against students in the state  a senior lecturer with the Ebonyi State University (names withheld) has been suspended over alleged involvement in sexual harassment of students.

Governor David Umahi had on Monday accused Education Inspectors of demanding for sex and money from teachers in the state for favour.

Prof John Eke while addressing journalists yesterday in Abakaliki disclosed that four principals of secondary school were recently also  demoted for their various offence ranging from absenteeism and other acts inconsistent with their mandate.

He said the ministry was investigating the sex scandal rocking the schools across the state, adding that one lecturer in the Ebonyi State University has been placed on indefinite suspension pending the outcome of the reports of sex allegations leveled against him.

“We have zero tolerance on sexual harassment on our children. There is a case in the University where a lecturer was suspended and we are
investigating the case and the ministry is now working on that”.

The Commissioner also stated that the State government would ban teachers who were indicted in examination malpractices for five years from supervising
WAEC and other external examination for their alleged involvement in
examination malpractices.

He noted that the state government had put up various measures to dismantle examination malpractices, describing it as worse than Boko Haram, adding that since assumption of office, his ministry in line with the policy trust of governor Umahi administration on education  has categorized measures to tackle examination malpractices into short  and long term measures which he said included banning all the teachers who collided with students to cheat during internal and external examinations for five years.

Prof Eke also said the ministry would soon conduct examination and competency tests for all teachers in the state to ensure the quality of teachers teaching in the schools across the state within weeks.

He said the examination was to ascertain the quality and competency of the teachers and also ensure aggressive supervision and monitoring, adding that the teachers would be grouped into various groups and to  ascertain the areas the teachers need to be retrained or retooled.

The Commissioner further disclosed that part of the measures to ensure that Ebonyi state comes up in the WAEC and other examinations has made it compulsory that all the students in Senior Secondary School, SS2 must pass their internal examinations before they would be allowed to register for any external examinations.

On the lingering ASUU crisis, the Commissioner described the ASUU in Ebonyi state University as illegal, adding that their tenure had long elapsed and chided the suspended ASUU leadership for misinforming the staff of the state owned tertiary institution.

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