Premium Times reports that an examiner, Adegbenro Joel, prepared the English language exam questions for the third term academic session of the State Unified Examination in public secondary schools.
The “offensive” summary passage read:
“There is no arguing about the fact that the government is merely paying lip service to the development of the education. It is true that a lot of money is being spent on education sector but, with little or no impact felt by the people, except where we want to deceive ourselves.
“Many schools run by the government which were formally known for academic excellence have suddenly lost their prestige and are living on past glory. No wonder many parents and guardians are threateningly left with only one option, to withdraw their wards from these schools to other ones that are better managed.”
Ibikunle Amosun, the governor of Ogun state, was reportedly infuriated when his attention was drawn to the passage, and he allegedly ordered the sacking of the officials who were in charge of that examination.
According to government sources, those fired include Folashade Oresegun, an acting permanent secretary, three directors including Ganiyu Odunsi, and a deputy director of curriculum and evaluation, identified only as Mr. Majekodunmi.
The source revealed that the examiner, who is a teacher at Mayflower School, was also fired.
When contacted, Modupe Adekunle, the state head of service, commented on the situation.
“I am aware that not all of them were dismissed, some were terminated, some compulsorily retired.
“When the issue came up, the state government put in the necessary process, a panel was set up to investigate and based on their recommendations, the civil service commission has to decide. It is a decision that has been related to the affected officers.
“The normal process was that a panel was set up, the report forwarded to the Civil Service Commission for the civil servants, the Teaching Service Commission, for the teachers.
“The decision was in line with the civil service rule, due process was followed to the letter.”