The principal of Methodist Girls High School, Ifaki Ekiti, Mrs Ogundipe Bolatito, was on Monday, suspended indefinitely from office for not making herself available in her school on the first day of the Senior Secondary Three, SS3, final year students’ resumption.
This was made known in a statement signed in Ado Ekiti by the Assistant Director, (Information), Ekiti State Ministry of Education, Mr Kunle Adeniyi, and made available to newsmen.
The statement claimed that the principal was not available to receive the governor and his entourage, who were on monitoring exercise across some of the schools, after over four months’ closure, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so as to know how the students are faring.
The statement said, “Sequel to the reopening of the schools for SSS3 Students in the state, His Excellency, Dr Kayode Fayemi, made on-the-spot assessment to some public secondary schools across the state to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols
“Accompanying His Excellency on the visit were the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Foluso Daramola, the Chairman, Task Force on COVID-19, Prof Bolaji Aluko and other top government functionaries,
“However, at Methodist Girls High School, Ifaki Ekiti, the principal was not available to receive the governor and his entourage and therefore making the monitoring exercise impossible in the school in spite of the notice from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
“Arising from this defiant behavior, the Honorable Commissioner for Education Science and Technology has directed that the principal, Mrs Ogundipe Bolatito, should hand over the management of the school to the most senior Vice Principal.
“She should also proceed on suspension with immediate effect pending the conclusion of appropriate disciplinary action by the Teaching Service Commission.”