The Ministry of Education has indefinitely suspended the principal of the : Lango-Lepay High School in Kakata, Margibi County.
Mr. Robert Zayzay was suspended Monday by the regional Education Officer for Bong, Lofa, Margibi and Nimba Counties, Mr. George Woe for hiking tuition/Registration fees against fees stipulated by the Ministry of Education.
The administration of the Lango-Lepay High School- the second largest high school in Margibi County, had demanded the payment of L$5,0000.00 as tuition. Registration fees for this academic year- something the education Ministry opposed and demanded reimbursement to students.
The Principal of the school, who appeared remorseful on Monday, is reported to have supervised the reimbursement of some the fees paid by students to ensure that the students received the actual balances in compliance with mandate to refund.
The Regional Education Officer said Mr. Zayzay’s compliance with the mandate to refund the students would result to a meeting in Monrovia to determine the next course of action. He did not state such action.
However, the Principal of the Lango-Pepay High School has already been replaced by an acting principal, whose named was not disclosed.
Meanwhile, many students of the school. Have expressed regrets about the situation, as well as the indefinite suspension and replacement of their principal, while a few students rejected refund in solidarity with their suspended principal.
According to them, had the Ministry of Education made available the necessary logistics, there would have been no need for the school administration to charge extra fees.
A few members of the faculty laso supported the suspension of the principal, but could not give any justification for the support, according to a State Radio Correspondent in Margibi County.
Similar action was recently taken in Bong County by the Ministry of education. Four school principals and Chief education Officer of Bong County were suspended for hiking tuition/registration fees against the policy of the Ministry of education.