Eight secondary school students have been expelled, while 20 others got suspended for cult related matters.
The students were alleged to be involved in secret cult activities in various schools in the state.
Edo State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Gideon Obhakhan, who disclosed this on Wednesday in in Benin, the Edo State capital, said the state government was bent on getting rid of cultism in schools in the state.
He also stated that over 20 students suspected to be members of secret cult groups in different schools who are currently being investigated by the police.
Obhakhan pointed out that if those under investigation by the police are found to be culpable, they would be expelled from their various schools to serve as a deterrent to others.
He explained that the ongoing clampdown by the state government was aimed at checking the wave of secret cult activities now spreading across secondary and primary schools in the state.
The Commissioner added that the state government was working in collaboration with the anti cultism unit of the Edo State Police Command to flush out the menace of secret cult activities amongst pupils and students in all the primary and secondary schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Obhakhan also explained that the state government will soon embark on the reconstruction of dilapidated office complex of the Ministry of Education now that the red roof revolution has gone round all the local government councils of the state.
He further dispelled the rumour making the rounds that the newly Edo State University, Iyhamo, is jointly owned by private/public partnership, stressing that Edo State has the full ownership of the multi million project.