Gombe demotes headteacher for extortion

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An headteacher in Gombe State has been demoted after it was established that he did illicit extortion.

Daiya Yila who used to be the headteacher of Tal Central Primary School in Billiri Local Government Area has since been demoted to the classroom.

Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) said Mr Yila was illegally collecting what he termed labour fees from pupils and sending defaulters home.

Commenting on the development the Executive Chairman Gombe SUBEB, Babaji Babadidi said the decision to demote the headteacher to a classroom teacher came after series of warnings to him to desist from the act but that all efforts to have the teacher comply fell on deaf ears.

He said on no account should a teacher at the primary and Junior Secondary School level in the State engage pupils and students on farming activities otherwise known as labour or place ridiculous levies and charges on any them.

In his words, “It is unacceptable to levy pupils of primary and Junior Secondary schools in the State or better still take them to the farm to work all day, the Board will not accept such exploitation especially in such a time when students have wasted School hours staying at home due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

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He said the Board is working assiduously to achieve the intent upon which a State of emergency was declared by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on the Education sector and will not be aloof to conducts that may jeopardise the policy direction.

Babadidi said the Education Secretary of Billiri Local Government Area has been directed to enforce the demotion and appoint a teacher of proven integrity to fill the vacant position.

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