By Amos Ogunrinde

The Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board has relieved the Head Teacher of Saint Philips CAC Nursery and Primary School, Erio–Ekiti, Mr Adeniyi Ayodele of his post for two months with immediate effect over the allegation of illegal collection of fees from pupils of the school.

The Chairman of SUBEB, Professor Femi Akinwumi said in Ado Ekiti that the decision became necessary after the Head Teacher had confessed that he committed the infraction and pleaded guilty to some of the allegations levelled against him by the parents of the pupils.

Professor Akinwumi said the man had persisted in the illegal activity despite several warnings against such act which is described as sabotage against the free and compulsory education policy of the present administration in the state.

According to the SUBEB Chairman, evidence proved that Mr Ayodele was collecting the sum of N25,000.00 naira from each of 28 pupils in primary six while another N8,000.00 was being collected from each of the primary four pupils.

While directing the embattled head teacher to hand over to the most senior assistant head teacher, Professor Akinwumi said he should henceforth be reporting at the SUBEB headquarters pending further determination of the case.

He noted that the punishment was to serve as a deterrent to other Head Teachers in the state public primary schools who are fond of violating government policies.

The SUBEB Chairman also directed the concerned head teacher to refund all the fees he had collected from the pupils for repayment to their parents.

He reiterated the commitment of Governor Biodun Oyebanji towards the development of the basic education sector as well as provisions of various incentives to encourage teachers.

Professor Akinyemi therefore warned against collection of unauthorized charges in the state public primary schools, adding that the free and compulsory education policy of the state government is still in place.

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