Teacher locked out of office


A SECONDARY school head teacher in East Sepik says it is wrong for someone outside the education structure to decide teachers’ postings.
Maprik Secondary School principal James Jimbanau was speaking after he was locked out of his office last week by locals who wanted him replaced.
“The Teaching Service Commission has given directions to East Sepik teachers to remain teaching in their positions from last year,” he said.
“Locals said they don’t want me to remain as their principal but have not stated any reasons.”
Jimbanau said they gave him a letter allegedly from acting provincial administrator Richard Kombo directing him to leave the school.
“I doubt that the letter was written by Mr Kombo because the letter is full of grammatical errors,” he said.
Jimbanau said he was going to see Kombo on Monday in Wewak to confirm if the letter was from him.
He defended his leadership at the school, saying he would have accepted such negative treatment if he had run down the school.
Meanwhile, Jimnbanau said teachers resumed work last week and students were settling in.

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