Edo Commissioner demotes Principal over alleged disagreement

Edo Commissioner demotes Principal over alleged disagreement


The Edo State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Joan Oviawe has reportedly demoted Imaguero Senior Secondary School Principal in Oredo Local Government Local Government Area of Edo State.

Investigation revealed that the female Principal of the Public school (name withheld) over fear of further victimization, was demoted to a Classroom teacher over alleged ‘personal disagreement’ between them when the Commissioner visited the school on March 21, 2022.

Her demotion, according to investigation, was as a result of the difficulties the Principal encountered in setting up the generator set in the school during the Biometric registration exercise for the West African Examinations Senior Secondary School (WASSCE) Candidates in the school’s hall.

It was learnt that the Principal was demoted after a minor argument without any query in line with the Civil Service rules to the Principal who could not be reached for comments.

One of the teachers in the school, accused Mrs. Oviawe of deploying intimidation to keep the demoted Principal in check and weaken solidarity against the ‘unpopular decision’.

The source also accused the Commissioner of fighting several unseen enemies in the Ministry since she was appointed as Chairman of State University Basic Education Board (SUBEB) before her elevation as the State Commissioner for Education.

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Reacting to the incident via a text message, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Joan Oviawe, challenged the demoted Principal to disclose details of what happened.

According to Oviawe, “Why would I have a personal disagreement with a teacher? That is ludicrous. The teacher should please state what happened…”.

FILE: A Class teacher receiving Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie, Joan Oviawe during on-the-spot assessment visit to a Public School.


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