Written by Sarah NEGEDU

School sanitation: FCTA threatens principals with sack

Secondary school administrators have been asked to clean up their act or get kicked out of the system, as the FCT Administration threatens to sack any principal who fails to add value to the school system.

Chairman of the FCT Secondary Education Board, Mr. Yahaya Muhammad, who issued the warning during an emergency meeting of all the principals of public secondary schools, said the administration will not hesitate to fire principals who fail to observe all extant rules and regulations.

Muhammad said the warning became necessary following an unscheduled visit to public schools by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, which exposed the principals' inefficiencies and failures.

The chairman, who berated the principals' poor sanitation and flagrant abuses of safety rules in their various schools, also condemned some of the teachers’ attitude, which he noted was detrimental to the administration of FCT.

He further directed that all illegal trading activities going in and around the school perimeter fencing and indiscriminate farming by staff within the school premises be discontinued immediately.

He noted that, “We just have to read the riot act to our principals. So we have to make it point blank to them that we will no longer accept the situation where our schools are kept untidy. They must ensure that the sanitary condition of our schools is nothing less than the acceptable standard that we have given to them and that must be complied with.

“Failure to comply with the rules and procedures, off course, you know what happens in every organization. Anybody that cannot key in, in my own language, I say that person must be kicked out. So they must comply with the rules and regulations. We have the statutory responsibility to oversee all the senior secondary school in the FCT and we would not accept anything short expect of the required standard.”

Mrs. Fatima Muhammad, principal of  GGSS Dukpa and vice president, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, who admitted that the shortcomings of she and her colleagues, pleaded for forgiveness of the FCT administration.

She said, “We are very sorry. We are ashamed that we have to be called upon today on this issue. We are promising you that we would change. We would also, take our turn to follow ourselves bombard to bombard so that we see to it that we rise up from the slumber".

 

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