Delta State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, yesterday demoted headmistress of Ahabam Primary School, Asaba, in Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state, Mrs. Esoyanya S .C, for alleged extortion of parents.
The former headmistress was allegedly in the habit of collecting the sum of N4000 and above from parents for registration of their children before they could be admitted.
Mrs. Esoyanya was said to have also demanded money from ‘Batch C’ corps members who were posted to the school for signing their final clearance form.
The SUBEB chairman, Hon. Sunny Ogwu, secretary, Byron Unini, director of Quality Assurance, Mrs. Ewvarherhe and other senior members of the board were on a special monitoring to confirm the allegation of extortion levelled against the former headmistress.
The board demoted her and directed the most senior teacher in the school, Mrs. Mgbako Bernadette to take over as the new headmistress immediately, after the confirmation of the alleged extortion from parents who came to register their children.
Ogwu, however, said that the action would serve as a deterrent to other teachers and headmistresses/masters who are corrupt.
According to him, “It is my responsibility to ensure that education in the state is in the right direction. Education is free in the state, especially primary and secondary schools; unfortunately, the head of this school is doing something contrary.
“Based on that, she has stepped down and next to her has taken over the office.”
Ogwu disclosed that the former HM would face a disciplinary action and the outcome would determine her fate, saying that “it is going to serve as deterrent to others.”
The SUBEB boss urged teachers and head teachers to desist from their sharp practices and improve the quality of education in the state, saying that “we cannot play with the future of our children.”
He, however, directed the new headmistress to only admit children based on the availability of space in the classroom in order not to congest the classrooms.

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