Niger Ministry Suspends Vice Principal For Impregnating Student
Few days ago, 16-year-old Faith Galadima was delivered of a baby boy after being impregnated by her vice principal.
One week after, the vice principal, Mr Mohammed Mohammed, has been suspended by the Niger State Ministry of Education.
Perhaps the committee was waiting to see who the baby would look like before taking action on a supposedly bad conduct.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Yahaya Garba, told reporters in Minna, the capital of the state, that the ministry had written to the office of the state Accountant-General after the findings and recommendations of a committee set up by the State's Secondary School Education Board, demanding the accused to be placed on half salary.
According to him, after the ministry received a report on March 28 that the accused had impregnated a Junior Secondary School 3 student, the ministry directed the board to set up a disciplinary committee within the school.
"An eight-man committee headed by Mrs Zainba Kolo, a Vice Principal in the school, was inaugurated to investigate the allegation against the Vice Principal.
"The committee was to suggest appropriate measures to be taken against the accused, if the allegation was confirmed to be true, based on the provisions of the public service regulation."
The spokesman for the ministry also said that the committee came out with the following findings: "that the student is pregnant as proved by the laboratory test conducted at Minna General Hospital.
"That Faith is 7 weeks and six days pregnant as at the time of the findings and is expected to deliver November 9, and that the accused was responsible for the pregnancy".
Garba explained that the committee recommended that the accused be compelled to take responsibility for the child and the mother.
He added that the committee also recommended that the accused should be transferred to a male school after the investigation.
The permanent secretary disclosed that another committee headed by Mrs Eunice Gana was set up within the board on March 30, to further investigate the matter.
He said that the committee's findings showed that the Vice Principal admitted impregnating the student, a case of professional misconduct and that the pregnancy was confirmed from the medical report issued by a General Hospital.
He further said that the school's disciplinary report was in line with findings of the board.
With this verdict, one would be tempted to ask how Mr Mohammed is expected to take care of mother and baby when he is being placed on half salary.
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