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Ebonyi varsity suspends lecturer over sexual harassment

A senior lecturer with the Ebonyi State University Abakaliki (name withheld) has been suspended over alleged involvement in sexual harassment of students.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Professor John Eke, disclosed this in Abakaliki the state capital, while addressing news men on efforts made by the ministry to improve the education sector in the state.

According to him,” four principals of secondary schools were demoted for their various offences ranging from absenteeism and other acts of inconsistency with their mandate,” he said.

While the ministry was investigating the sex scandal rocking some schools across the state, a lecturer in the Ebonyi State university was placed on indefinite suspension pending the outcome of the reports of sex allegations leveled against him,” he stated.

He also said: “We have zero tolerance for sexual harassment when it comes to our children. There is a case in the university whereby a lecturer was suspended and the ministry is investigating the case and working on that,” he said.

In a related development, the state government has declared that it would ban teachers indicted of examination malpractices for five years from supervising the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASCE) and other external examinations.

“The Ministry of Education has categorised measures to tackle examination malpractices into short and long term measures, which included banning of all the teachers who collided with students to cheat during internal and external examinations for five years,” he concluded.