FCT schools not political grounds – Education Secretary

The FCT education secretary, Dr Mohammed Liman has said public schools within the territory were not political grounds which he warned politicians to steer clear of the schools.

 He said the secretariat was not going to allowed academic institutions within the territory to be turn into political grounds by politicians especially by engaging the teachers and students using the school promises for political purposes. 

In a statement issued by the assistant director in charge of information, Mr Tony Ogunleye today 24th January 2019.

 He asked politicians and political parties not to involve FCT public schools, pupils and students for partisan political activities

“The attention of the FCT Education Secretariat has been drawn to various attempts by political parties and their agents to access public schools in the FCT for the purposes of political campaigns and other partisan political activities.

“We wish to state very clearly that the Education Secretariat will not tolerate the infiltration of its school system for political purposes in any guise or form.

We have a statutory responsibility to ensure the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the students and pupils under our care and these cannot be guaranteed should there be unfettered access to our schools by political parties, individual politicians, their agents or representatives”.

The statement cautioned all those planning to use the students or school premises for partisan political activities to, in their own interest, stay away.

It also advised principals and head teachers not to grant any access whatsoever to any individual or organization intending to use their schools or access the students for partisan political activities.

The statement added that any principal or head teacher that contravenes the directive, saying such person will be sanctioned in accordance with the extant civil service rules and regulations.

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