The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun,
has ordered the sacking of six officials of the state
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology,
including a secondary school teacher, over alleged
offensive examination question.
Those sacked include two Grade Level 17 officers,
Mrs. Folashade Oresegun, who was the Director,
Education Support Services, and Mr. Rotimi Odunsi,
who was the Director, Curriculum Development and
Evaluation, and a Grade Level 16 officer, Mr.
Others are a Grade Level 10 officer, Mr. E.O.
Asegbe, a Grade Level 8 officer, Taylor Damilola ,
and an English Language teacher in Mayflower
Secondary School, Ikenne, Mr. Joel Adegbenro.
The sacking of both Oresegun and Odunsi has been
converted to compulsory retirement while the four
others were summarily dismissed.
According to Punch, their offence might
not be unconnected with a comprehension passage
in the English Language examination conducted by
the ministry for the Unified Examination in Public
Secondary Schools for the third term of the
2014/2015 academic session.
The offensive section was Section C, where the
pupils were asked to summarise a comprehension
passage on a policy defect on education.
It was alleged that it was considered too critical of
the state government.
The section partly read, “There is no arguing about
the fact that the government is merely paying lip
service to the development of education. It is true
that a lot of money is being spent on the education
sector but with little or no impact felt by the people,
except where we want to deceive ourselves.
“Many schools run by the government, which were
formerly known for academic excellence have
suddenly lost their prestige and are living on past
glories. No wonder, many parents and guardians
are threateningly left with only one option, to
withdraw their wards from these schools to other
ones that are better managed.
“The evidences to show that the government is not
doing enough to assist in the development of
education are many. Even pupils in both primary
and secondary schools can volunteer a good list on
their finger tips.
“One of the numerous indications is the
government’s inability to pay running cost to
schools. The running cost is the token amount per
pupil paid to school administrators to run the affairs
of the school in a term. This has been neglected to
pile up for several academic sessions.
“Another one is the regular poor conduct of terminal
examinations. These examinations are not usually
conducted as and when due. The government may
have one excuse or the other, but real educationists
know that appropriate timing is a strong factor in
the process of Continuous Assessment (CA) of
students. Thus, a situation, where for instance, the
first term examination is shifted to second term is
an outright departure from the norms and ethics of
The summary passage was said to have been culled
from Jola Adegbenro’s Issues on Education Today.
The governor and some other top government
officials were allegedly angry with this section,
which they believed made a veiled reference to
what obtained in the state.
Consequently, the embattled officials were invited to
Abeokuta last week to face a disciplinary panel set
up by the state Bureau of Establishment and
Training, where they were quizzed.
The state’s Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe
Adekunle, while reacting to the sacking, said the
government followed the due process “because the
affected officials were given opportunity to defend
She said, “I am aware that not all of them were
dismissed, some had their appointment terminated
and some were compulsorily retired.
“When the issue came up, the state government put
in the necessary process, a panel was set up to
investigate and based on their recommendations,
the state Civil Service Commission has to decide. It
is a decision that has been relayed to the affected
“The normal process was that a panel was set up,
the report was forwarded to the Civil Service
Commission for the civil servants, the Teaching
Service Commission, for the teachers.
“The decision was in line with the civil service rule,
due process was followed to the latter.”
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