Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State sacked teachers for setting exam questions critical of his administration
A civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to two UN special rapporteurs urging them to use their “good offices and positions to urgently request the government of Ogun State of Nigeria to immediately and unconditionally reverse the unlawful sacking and retirement of education officials for allegedly setting examination questions considered too critical of the government of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.”
The rapporteurs petitioned are: Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Mr. Kishore Singh, Special Rapporteur on the right to education.
In the petition dated 14 August 2015, and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni the organisation said that, “the sacking and retirement of these officials is unlawful, unfair, and a serious violation of their internationally recognised human right to hold opinion and academic freedom. SERAP believes that citizens including students writing examinations have the right to be informed of the activities of public officials and to have access to information that will enable them to participate in political affairs.”
According to the organisation, “the right to education can only be enjoyed if accompanied by the academic freedom of education officials and students. Thus, the education officials unlawfully sacked and retired are denied the freedom to pursue, develop, and transmit knowledge and ideas including through perceived critical examination questions.”
“Indeed, academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the State or any other actor, and to enjoy all human rights applicable to other individuals in Ogun State,” the organisation said.
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Source:: PM Newspaper