The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Thursday, threatened to sack secondary school principals who failed to add value to the school system and observe all extant rules and regulations.
It, therefore, directed that all the illegal trading activities going on around the school perimeter fence and even indiscriminate farming by staff within the school premises be discontinued immediately.
This warning was issued during an emergency meeting of all the Principals of public secondary schools, convened by the Chairman of FCT Secondary Education Board, Mr Yahaya Muhammad.
He said the meeting became important following the unscheduled recent visit to FCT schools by the Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, which exposed the Principals’ inefficiencies and failures.
Mr Muhammad, who berated the Principals’ poor sanitation and flagrant abuses of safety rules in their various schools, condemned some of the teachers’ attitude, which he noted was detrimental to the administration of FCT.
According to him: “We just have to read the riot act to our principals. So, we have to make it point-blank to them that we will no longer accept the situation where our schools are been kept untidy. They must ensure that the sanitary condition of our school is nothing less than the acceptable standard that we have given to them and that must comply with.
“Failure to comply with the rules and procedures, of course, you know what happens in every organisation. Anybody that cannot key in, in my own language, I say that person must be kicked out. So, they must comply with the rules and regulations. We have the statutory responsibility to oversee all the senior secondary schools in FCT and we would not accept anything short expect of the required standard,” he insisted.
Earlier, the Principal of GGSS, Dukpa who doubles as Vice President, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Mrs Fatima Muhammad, who admitted that the principals had failed in many areas, also pleaded for forgiveness from FCT administration.
“We are very sorry. We are ashamed that we have to be called upon today on this issue. We are promising you that we would change. We would also take our turn to follow ourselves so that we see to it that we rise up from the slumber,” he assured.