… we’ll investigate – STETCOM CHAIRPERSON
LOKOJA – The Kogi State Science, Technical Education and Teaching Service Commission, (STETSCOM) is presently embroiled in a Money – for – Transfer scandal.
A group, Kogi Renaissance group has alleged that Principals of Secondary Schools in Kogi East have taken to bribing officials of STESTCOM, an education agency in the Ministry of Education, to be transferred to school that has large enrollment.
Head of Renaissance Group, Abdullahi Mahdi which made this known in a report made available to newsmen on Monday said the development has led to indiscriminate redeployment of Secondary School Principals in the eastern part of the state, “This development became noticeable as such administrative decision by the leadership of STESTCOM is not applicable to the Central and Western Senatorial districts.
The report stated that the education agency are deep necked in sharp practices that led to unceremonious and frequent removal of Principals of secondary schools in the area through transfer from one school to another.
“What they do is Principals of schools with low population bribe STESTCOM officials to be posted to schools with high population, not considering the duration of the earlier posting.
‘A cartel is already formed in the STESTCOM that front for the Chairman of the Commission, for this erratic and new norm in the service.
“This ugly development is only prevalent in the Eastern part of the state living out the West and Central part to enjoy robust education system, and disrupt learning activities in the East.
‘Principals of schools now engage in mopping out funds to engage officials of STESTCOM for this ugly decision. This development has affected smooth administration of the affected schools and learning, since it is believe that schools with more students population makes more money during the GCE/NECO examination from illegal fees.
“We hereby appeal to the State Commissioner for Education and the authority concern to desist from such unprofessional conducts of erratic removal of school principals in Kogi east’ Mahdi said.
But the agency in a Swift response by his Chairperson, Mrs. Cecilia Cook denied allegations of bribery for the redeployment of secondary school principals in Kogi Eastern part of the state.
Mrs. Cook described the report as untrue said the transfer of principal were just normal civil service routine, stressing that the Commission is empowered by law to transfer school Principals after every five years in a particular school.
“It is Government’s policy that you can’t remain Principal of a School for five years without being transferred but some people have spent up to 15 years as principals and they’re ‘Lord’ without any development. That’s why we did a screening for Principals to ascertain the years they have spent and do the needful.
“Under the new Education Policy, any Principal of a Science Secondary school must be science inclined so as to add value to school administration, hence the recent redeployment of teachers which is across all schools in the state.
“You cannot head a science school if you did not study one of the core science subjects. For example, a practical might be going on in a school and if you don’t have an idea as a principal, how can you correct your teachers?
“In the new Education Policy, those that are science oriented should head all science schools, that is what we are doing to improve science and technology in the state.”
She noted that the era when an Art Teacher will be heading Science school is over as the present administration is committed to doing the right thing for the betterment of education in Kogi.p
She pointed out that while efforts are in top gear to recruit more teachers, the Commission is making frantic move to maximize the teachers available for effective result, “Instead of supporting the move, some persons are bent on tarnishing my image and that of the Commission. But I want to assure you that we will investigate the matter and anyone found wanting will face the full weight of the law.”