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CDHR set for showdown with Amosun



The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) Ogun State chapter, is setting the stage for a showdown with the Ogun State government for sacking five officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, plus a secondary school teacher over purported questions that were used for an examination in the state.
The organisation issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government to furnish it with the specific Public Service Rules violated by the dismissed English Language teacher, Jolaolu Adegbenro, in order for it to know its next line of action on the sack.
The CDHR also pleaded for the other five officials of the Ministry affected by the sack, noting, that as soon as Adegbenro’s matter was resolved the others affected would benefit from it.
State chairman, CDHR, Mr. Folarin Olayinka who addressed journalists on Monday in Abeokuta, described Adegbenro’s sacking as “unlawful.”
He stated that following the investigation the human rights body had conducted into the matter, it found out that the alleged offensive summary passage in the examination paper did not refer to any state government but rather to promote academic excellence among the pupils.
Olayinka thus called on the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to intervene by reviewing the sack of the six civil servants and probe the ‘kangaro panel’ set up by the Head of Service which conducted the trial.

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Adegbenro who was an examiner and five others in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology were sacked last week by the state government over an alleged offensive comprehension passage in the 2014/2015 Unified Examination for the Senior Secondary School.
The alleged passage was said to be too critical of the education defects in the state.
Meanwhile, a civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, had urged the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education to ask the state government to rescind its decision as regards the sack of the civil servants.

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