Students In Delta Want To Decide Who Will Be Their Principal
Times are changing, and faster than our imaginations could reach some 10 years ago.
Back in the days, secondary school students had no business with who becomes their principal.
When they see a new principal, they accept him/her without any objection, but all that has changed.
Somewhere in Niger Delta, two secondary schools in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, have been shut down because students of the schools fought over the posting of a school principal.
The students of Zappa Basic Secondary School allegedly attacked their mates in Westend Mixed Secondary School over the transfer of their principal by the state government.
According to witnesses, Zappa students allegedly took to the street in protest after they learnt that their principal has been transferred to Westend.
In a telephone conversation, Delta Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, said the two schools would remain closed until the government was sure the situation had been controlled.
Ebie said Westend was closed down in order to avoid a reprisal attack but would be opened in the coming days.
He described Zappa Basic Secondary School students’ action as unbecoming, as the students could not dictate to government who should be their principal.
“They do not know the gravity of their action,” he said, vowing that the culprits would be found and punished.
He confirmed that the vice-principal and a student of Westend Mixed Secondary School were injured in the incident.
The commissioner said the government was holding meetings with the principals and vice-principals of the schools on the development.
Some five years ago, in 2013 precisely, five students of Zappa Mixed Secondary School were suspended for assaulting their teachers.
Back then, Mr Patrick Muoboghare, the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, told reporters that four males and one female students, descended on some of their teachers while they were being disciplined for misconduct.
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