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Published On: Fri, Jul 26th, 2019

Sexual assault: FCTA warns school heads against cover-ups

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned heads of public secondary schools in the Territory against condoning molestation of students or any acts that will breach the public trust in the schools.
FCT permanent secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa gave the warning at a meeting with principals of FCT public secondary schools held in Abuja.
Ohaa said the warning came against the backdrop of a recent sexual molestation that was reported in FCT School of the Blind at Jabi.
While disclosing that the investigation has since commenced, the Permanent Secretary said those involved will not go free, will serve as deterrent to others.
According to him, the FCT Administration will not tolerate acts of cover -ups or double standards in the management of school affairs by heads of supervisory boards and departments.
The Permanent Secretary regretted that there are complaints reaching the administration about what is going on in some of the schools.
According to him, there have been cases of school charges where school heads and principals have been accused of charging arbitrary fees without issuing receipt.
He said the administration needs not to remind the head teachers of their roles as principals and managers of schools.
“I doubt if I need to remind you of your roles as principals and managers of schools.
“However, just in case you need to be told again, your role as teachers which I must say is primarily what you are before your elevation to the post of school principals, is basically that of trust,” he said.
Ohaa said school principals are supposed to have a pulse of all the happenings in their schools.
“You can not claim ignorance because doing so will simply prove you are incompetent and unfit to hold such a sensitive position and you will not only be replaced but punished to the full extent of extant civil service rules and regulations.”

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