President Buhari has been slammed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over his comment of channeling resources into education to end poverty.
The Chairman of the Union at the University of Ibadan, Professor Deji Omole who spoke on Sunday September 1, described the President’s statament as political.
Alleging that President Buhari has shown hatred to fund and offer Nigerians qualitative education, the ASUU chairman also stated that the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu is also not different from his employer.
He recalled how the Minister of Education made so many political statements including declaring a state of emergency in the education sector during President Buhari’s first tenure, but refused to act on his words afterwards.
“He is back to a familiar terrain. We are also in that same terrain. He spent more than three years in his first term and made so many political statements which were never implemented.
One of such statements was the fact that they were going to declare state of emergency in the education sector and till he left office in his first term that was not done.
“In fact there was no attempt towards that direction. Rather than moving towards declaring state of emergency, what we saw was further reduction in the budgetary allocation to education. I don’t think anyone should expect any radical change from what happened to education in his first term and from what is going to happen.
“The administration has demonstrated its hatred for education by constantly reducing the budgetary allocation to education. Most of their policies are anti-university.
For example, in UI today, it’s almost impossible to recruit new staff meanwhile people are dying as a result of excess work and people are retiring and you are not employing new people. So, I don’t expect sharp departure from what it used to be. He does not need to tell us. We all know.
“All the developed world have been able to solve their problems through education and that is why we have always been engaging different governments that the only antidote to poverty is putting adequate attention to educating the masses.
No nation can ever grow beyond the quality of education given to its citizens. Nobody will come from America to develop Nigeria. Nigeria can only be developed by Nigerians themselves and they can only develop if they have quality education to grow the economy. So it is not enough to make a political statement, you must follow it with action,” he said.
Oyo Govt Imposes N20, 000, N15,000 Fees For Transfer Of Pupils To State Public Schools
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has imposed the sum of Twenty Thousand Naira (N20,000) as the fee for forms, to transfer pupils from outside the country into the State public schools.
The Governor has also directed that transfer of pupils from other states of the federation such as Lagos, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja into the state public schools will cost the sum of Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15,000).
Makinde made this declaration via a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, a copy of which was made available on Wednesday. He said that his government-imposed fees on the transfer of students from private to government-owned schools, in order to offset administration procedures.
Makinde in the statement informed that the costs of forms for prospective students seeking transfer from private to public school would be determined by the part of the country such candidate was coming from.
The statement added that forms for transfer from outside Nigeria is N20,000.00, form for transfer from major cities across the country including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt is N15, 000, other states of the federation is N10,000 while transfer within the state is N7,500.00.
He said, “The Government of Oyo State has announced that it was pleased to discover that measures taken thus far in the implementation of the free education policy have started yielding fruits.
The huge number of parents applying to register their wards in the state’s public primary and secondary schools is a clear evidence that the free education policy of the administration is well received by the people.
We are particularly pleased that a number of parents have been besieging the Oyo State Ministry of Education in the past few weeks to make inquiries on steps to be taken to transfer their wards from private schools to public schools.
“The huge turnout of parents and guardians seeking transfer for their wards to our public schools in view of the free education policy of Governor Makinde’s administration, has, therefore, necessitated the introduction of some administrative measures which are meant to control admission and safeguard illegality in the admission process.
“Some costs have, therefore, been introduced to offset administration procedures as approved by the administration. The cost of obtaining forms for transfer of pupils/students to Oyo State public schools are stated as follows: “Inter-state; from major cities across the country including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt-N15,000 (Fifteen thousand Naira);
Other states of the federation-N10,000 (Ten Thousand Naira); “Those seeking transfer from within Oyo State-N7,500.00 (seven thousand five hundred Naira; “Transfer from outside Nigeria-N20,000.00 (Twenty thousand Naira).
“As we have started before now, the policy of the state government is to promote free education in line with its desire to uplift the standards and enhance excellence in educational pursuits.
“In line with the current administration’s four-point service agenda, Education, Health, Security and Economic expansion via agriculture value chain have been so designated as the major pillars. The administration hereby assures the people of its commitment to implement the agenda for the good of all in Oyo State.
Let us also place on record that the decision to implement the charges listed above is not aimed at constraining the people, but to ensure standardization in the process of transferring pupils and students from private to public schools.
Nigeria Teachers To Get 1GB Free Data Regularly, Says Buhari’s Minister
Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has said public schools teachers would be given 1GB (Gigabyte) data free to enable them to access and browse the internet on a regular basis.
Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at the 2019 World Teachers Day celebration on Saturday in Abuja, said the ministry was working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other stakeholders to provide at least 1GB of data free to each public school teacher to surf the web and obtain educational materials.
He said government was also working to obtain life insurance policy for all public school teachers and that families of all insured teachers would be given benefits upon the death of the holder.
In that regard, government would pay N1 million as premium for male teachers, N1.2 million for female teachers while science teachers would be insured with N1.5 million, he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘Young Teachers:
The Future of the Profession,’ highlighted the need for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the teaching profession. He said teachers were in the forefront of ensuring the achievement of inclusive education.
“Inclusive education is achievable through accepting, understanding and attending to student differences and diversities which include among others physical, cognitive, academic, social and emotional differences,” he said.
He said there was the urgent need for policies that would provide allowances and initiate annual retention benefits for teachers to attract them to rural communities.
The federal government shall collaborate with state governments with a view to providing incentives to teachers, especially in the rural areas with a view to encouraging young talents to the teaching profession,” he said.
A total of 24 awards were conferred on different beneficiaries including Elusakin Agnes iyabo from Lagos State, who won the best public school teacher award, given a new Hyundai Sonatra car and Owabi Ifeoma, from Anambra State, who also received new Hyundai Elantra car as winner of the best school administrator award. Also, Adebiyi Abiola Temitayo from Ogun State, winner of the best teacher, private school category award got new Hyundai Accent, Flora Azikiwe Model Comprehensive Secondary School, Neni, Anabra State, winner of best school, public category award got the donation of 18 seater bus from JAMB while Pearlville School, Avu, Owerri, Imo State, winner of the best school, private category, also got 18 seater bus.
EKSU Yet To Release 2019/2020 Admission List – Management
The Management of Ekiti State University, (EKSU) has debunked the rumour making the rounds that it has released the admission list for the 2019/2020 academic session.
This was contained in a statement issued by the institution’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Bode Olofinmuagun, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Ado-Ekiti.
“The attention of the management of EKSU has been drawn to the news trending online that the university has published the list of admitted candidates for the 2019/2020 academic session. “The on-line story directed candidates to visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
“EKSU wishes to state categorically that it has not released the list of its admitted candidates for the 2019/2020 academic session.
“Management hereby disclaims the misleading report and wishes to advise candidates to disregard it,’’ the statement said. It further said that the institution had nothing to do with email@example.com or its faceless promoter, urging candidates to avoid transacting any business with the e-mail address.
The statement said that members of the public, particularly candidates, would be duly informed by the appropriate quarters of necessary steps to be taken as soon as the admission list was officially released
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