The Principal of Government Day Secondary School, Saminaka in Lapai local government area, Ndatsu Yahaya has been demoted to a classroom teacher for embezzling money meant for WAEC and NECO fees of some students in his school.
Yahaya, when questioned regarding the whereabouts of the money said that he gave the money to a POS operator who he does not know his whereabouts anymore.
But sources claimed that the principal had attempted to ‘invest’ the money in a dubious venture which did not work out.
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According to the Director, Test Measurement and Evaluation, Garba Hassan said that the Principal who was under pressure from the community, ran to the Ministry to try to influence the ministry to register the students for WAEC and when it did not work out, he confessed his misdeeds.
The Director stated that over 40 students were affected in the WAEC saga and 13 students were affected in the NECO case adding that the Ministry would register the affected students for the external examinations of WAEC and NECO.
He disclosed that apart from being demoted to a classroom teacher, the Principal has paid N80,000 out of the affected money while decision have been taken that his salary would be converted for paying the embezzled money while his case was further forwarded to the CAC for discipline according to the civil service rule.
Garba further said that principals of five other secondary schools across the state have also been invited regarding allegations of embezzlement of examinations fees of students.
The state Ministry of Education called for calm assuring the affected parents that they would get their money back.
By Justina Asishana
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