Governor Fayose suspended 16 teachers at Elo High School, Ayetoro-Ekiti in Ekiti State who allegedly convert their students to labourers in their private farms during school periods.
A statement issued on Sunday by Mr Idowu Adelusi, the Chief Press Secretary of the governor revealed that Gov. Ayodele Fayose gave the order for the suspension of the teachers in Ado-Ekiti, while receiving the report of a team led by the deputy governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, that went to the school for a preceding investigation of the occurrence. The governor’s action was consequent to the consistent complaints by concerned parents who reported that their children were being compelled by teachers to work on their farms during school hours.
The statement partly reads;
“Some of the affected students, who were brought to the Government House, Ado Ekiti, said under the guise of doing practical agriculture, their teachers took them to their private farms at least twice a week during official hours to work for at least 30 minutes.
“One of them, Oluyeye Femi, a JSS 3 pupil, said though the school has a farm where pupils are expected to work once a week, some teachers capitalize on that to take them to their private farms to weed and make heaps.
“A member of the National Youth Service Corps posted to the school, Miss Giredana Enogha, said when she got to the school last June, the situation was like a farm settlement. She added that the pupils were not encouraged to do any other thing than to go to farm all day.”
Governor Fayose who was undeniably annoyed by the development gave an order for at least 80% of the teachers to be transferred from the school, describing the act as slavery. He ordered the immediate suspension of all the teachers mentioned but excluded the principal who was posted to the school just two months ago. The former principal who was posted to a school in Ilasa-Ekiti was however not lucky as Mr.Fayose directed for him to be investigated in addition to all those who have taught in the school since 2012. As he said,
“Any teacher who uses students as farming slaves will have himself to blame. That is slavery and that I will tackle. After a distress call from a concerned parent that their children are being used for child labour, I directed the commissioner and the deputy governor to investigate. Pupils are taken to farms under the guise of doing agricultural practical. Those indicted will not go unpunished. This is not nice and it is uncalled for.”