Ebonyi - The Ebonyi Government on Monday announced the indefinite suspension of 15 students of Community Secondary School, Ezzainyimagu, in Izzi Local Government Area of the state for allegedly beating up their teacher.
The Commissioner for Education, Mr Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo, handed down the suspension on the 15 students, while on a visit to the school to ascertain the cause of the dastardly act by the students.
The students were alleged to have beaten up Mr Friday Ogbonna, a teacher in the school, on Nov. 12, for attempting to effect a disciplinary action on the students for lateness to school.
The commissioner warned that government would not tolerate any act of lawlessness in its school system.
He said that the affected students would not be allowed admission into any of the schools in the state should they try to evade the indefinite suspension by enrolling in other schools.
He said that the SS 3 student, who was involved in the act would not be allowed to sit for the forthcoming 2012/2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
“We cannot condone any act of lawlessness in our school system nor allow our schools to be taken over by hooligans.
“Beating up teachers by students is a condemnable act and government cannot tolerate it. We have a duty to protect our teachers from any form of abuse.
“The 15 students that perpetrated the evil are to proceed on an indefinite suspension.’’
Chibueze-Agbo said that the education ministry was committed and determined to restore discipline and order in the state school system, adding that nothing would deter it from achieving the goal.
He urged students to be humble, loyal and obedient to constituted authority and to commit themselves to their studies.
“I charge you to be disciplined and obedient to school authority and other authorities over you.
“Take your studies very seriously; a reader today is a leader tomorrow.’’