The Ondo State Government on Monday suspended four teachers, queried a school principal and stopped their salaries for frequently abandoning their duty posts.
Prof. Francis Igbasan, the Chairman of Ondo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), gave the order at Ala-Elefosan Community Secondary School in Idanre, Idanre Local Government area after an unscheduled inspection.
The chairman said “As at 9:35a.m., no teacher was seen in any of the five classes inspected.
“And going through this school’s register, Fridays seem to be declared public holidays.
“The tone of the school is poor with everything in shamble, even the school head is yet to be seen.
“As a result of these anomalies, four teachers who are frequently caught in the web of absenteeism are hereby suspended with the school principal summoned for query and all these teachers’ salaries being stopped,’’
Igbasan said that the four teachers had formed the habit of leaving their duty posts without any official permission.
According to him, when teachers are not disciplined and are notorious, their students will toe the same path.
“I am in charge of this commission to correct the wrongs and anomalies and I know you will agree with me that we need a change of attitude,’’ he said.
Responding, Mr Muhammed Isah, the school’s Vice-Principal, pleaded for leniency, promising thatthe affected teachers would amend their ways.