By Magnus Emuji
The Delta State Government (DTSG) has warned teachers in the State against carefree attitude towards school children/learners and desist from indulging in acts capable of putting the lives of the children placed under their care at risk .
The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education stated this while reacting to a video going viral alleging that a pupil of Evwreke Primary School, Ugolo-Okpe in Okpe Local Government Area, Obazuare Princess who was sent by her teacher, Egbegbedia Harriet to buy recharge card for her close to the school gate was found at PTI Junction in Effurun.
Mr Oghoro in the statement released on behalf of the State Commissioner for Primary Education, Chief Sunday Onoriode refuted the claim by the good Samaritan that the pupil was picked at the PTI Junction.
The statement added that sending any child on errands outside school premises during school hours was at variance with school ethics.
While the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education appreciates the good Samaritan for bringing the pupil back to the school, the statement said that investigation carried out revealed that the child was not found at PTI Junction in Effurun.
The statement added that a Team from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education visited the school at 8.30am yesterday in the course of investigating the incident and interracted with the pupil in question who confirmed that she was not brought from PTI Junction by the good Samaritan but from outside the gate where she went to buy the recharge card.
It stated that the teacher in question admitted that she sent the learner to buy her recharge card close to the school gate.
The statement further said that the State Government was always concerned about the safety of school children in the State, adding that the Head teacher and the teacher in question have been directed to report to the Ministry headquarters in Asaba immediately for further action.