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Delta Govt suspends headmistress for sending girl home over school fees

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By Toby Prince

The Delta State Government has kept to its threat to sanction the school that sent a seven-year-old girl home for not paying her school fees.

Success became a social media sensation last week after reacting furiously to the school’s decision to send her home instead of punishment.

The state government has suspended the headmistress of Okotie-Eboh Primary School 1 in Sapele LGA, Vero Igbigwe.

Mrs Igbigwe was suspended on Monday after the commissioner for education, Chiedu Ebie, visited the school and inquired why parents were asked to pay for examination fees when the government operates free education policy.

The head teacher, according to the commissioner, could not explain the alleged illegal collection of examination levies from pupils.

“Consequently I have directed the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to suspend the head teacher pending the outcome of a formal enquiry into the issue of unauthorised levies/ and fees imposed by her in the School,” he said.

On concerns over infrastructural decay in the school, Ebie said the government had begun the first phase of renovation and that more would follow.

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