Bayelsa suspends principal, VP for absenteeism

The government of Bayelsa State has suspended the Principal and Vice Principal of the Epie National High School, Yenagoa, Mr Fabingha Simeon and Mr Morgans Agagaowei, for alleged absenteeism during school hours.

The suspension of the two men was ordered by the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Gentle Emelah, when he paid an unscheduled visit to their school on Monday morning and found them both abesnt from work, despite students writing WASSCE. The commissioner also visited the Bishop Dimieari Grammar School on the same day.

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Emelah, who was among the 24 new commissioners sworn in by the state Governor, Douye Diri, on August 25, said that he discovered during the visit that the affected principal and vice principal were absent from work.

He, therefore, directed the senior teacher of the school, Mrs Dakolo Timinipre, who was on duty, to run the affairs of the school until further notice.

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The commissioner said, “I was there (at ENHS) and surprisingly, the principal and vice principal were not on the ground, apart from the fact that the WASSCE is ongoing in their school.

“I have directed the principal and the vice principal to be placed on suspension while we look into their case.”

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