Education Monitoring Team in Akwa Ibom State has said it will punish 35 heads of secondary schools and teachers for negligence.
Members of the team, who visited secondary schools in Etinan Local Government Area, said they were surprised to find out that more than 35 teachers, including their heads were either absent from schools or refused to teach the pupils.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Education Matters, Mr. Jerry Emah, stated this on Monday while addressing reporters.
He stated that 16 of the teachers and principals were from Community Secondary Grammar School, Ikot Akpabio; eight from Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Eba, and 13 from Etinan Community Comprehensive Secondary School.
He said, “From the information we have, some of these teachers did not come, some came late, while others refused to teach when they had classes.
“This is a clear case of lack of discipline and commitment to their duties. It is instructive to note that many of these teachers have their children and wards in private schools where they are monitored from the hours of 7am to 4pm.
“These teachers abandon other people’s children and turn around to condemn public schools despite the huge salary, allowances, and incentives the state government is paying them.
“We can’t condone this act of gross indiscipline. We will use them as examples for others.”