The Delta state chapter of the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, CDHR has said poor working environment and inadequate funding are the major causes of extortion and violation of children’s rights in public schools across Delta state.
The CDHR made the assertion in a statement signed by its Secretary, Comrade Jonathan Giama.
The CDHR congratulated the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah on his appointment as Commissioner.
It also urged the commissioner to increase the subventions for principals, head teachers in public schools from N20,000.00 to N50,000.00 monthly and also make available steady increase supply of stationery, funds and office equipmen to the Chief Inspector of Education,CIEs and education secretaries of the 25 local government areas of Delta state.
CDHR said: “That repeated acts of extortion by officials of your Ministry are likely as a result of the deficiency of the above mentioned subject matters as some offices of the C.I.Es/Education Secretaries are operating without vehicles and poor working environment.
“We have discovered that most of your officials are being pushed to the wall in the course of performing their duties as most C.I.Es , Education Secretaries and Principals /Head Teachers are forced to improvise for cases relating to the above subject matter where there are deficiencies thereby leading to extortion.
“We as a human right organization have always appreciated your Ministry for giving us audience and the cordial relationship which was built upon by the immediate past Commissioner and we are still expecting same on the above subject matter even though we have not paid you a courtesy visit since your assumption of office.”