Academic activities in Edo State-owned tertiary educational institutions such as the Colleges of Education, Ekiadolor and Igueben, Colleges of Agriculture at Agenebode and Iguoriakhi became grounded last week Monday, following the failure of the state government to pay the non-academic and academic staffers 16 months salary arrears.
For members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Abia
State Polytechnic chapter, nothing would make them pick up their tools, which they laid down last week, unless the management sorts out its longstanding internal problems, especially the payment of their salary arrears.
The revelation that N65 billion of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND warehoused in various banks has not been accessed by tertiary institutions in the country, is a shocking one in the all important sector plagued by lack of everything be it manpower or infrastructure such as teaching aides, equipped libraries, laboratory, hostels and lecture theaters among others.
The National Conference on Transparency, Accountability and Ethical Values in Tertiary Institutions for Sustainable Development was held from 20 to 21 May, at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.
It is often said that to every coin there is an opposite side, this aptly fits how the internet age is taking a toll on the reading culture around the world. The current low level of literacy, poor reading and comprehension competencies of learners have greatly contributed to the unimpressive quality of education in our institutions.
With the theme: “Transforming Education through Partnership for Global Competitiveness,” the 20th edition of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, NESG, was converged in Abuja to amongst other things address the decline in education; a sector that is critical to economic development. Various stakeholders have identified Nigerian education sector as being in dire straits, and requires both public and private sector intervention, if the country is to fulfill its potential as not only a regional powerhouse, but as a global player.
Before the advent of private universities, parents prefer their children attending government universities because they were highly rated among the best in the world. The likes of University of Lagos; University of Benin; University of Ilorin; University of Ibadan; University of Ile-Ife, amongst others were rated as some of the best in the past because they churned out brilliant students.
Moving through the ranks in the civil service is quite an onerous task that involves time, diligence, hard work, a lot of sacrifice and discipline.
Perhaps for Mr. SO Amure, the principal of State Senior Model College Igbogbo, Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos, who is on grade level 17, attained this position in the civil service without the last virtue of discipline. This might be responsible for his inglorious exit from the civil service after putting in many years of active service.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, AAU, Ekpoma, Professor Cordelia Agbebaku, was in the news recently. She advocated the enactment of specific laws that will compel governments at all levels to implement the national gender policy in order to ensure the protection of women’s rights and gender equality in Nigeria.
In view of the lingering crisis in RSUST, what is the national body of ASUU doing, to resolve the impasse?