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Senate flays Egwu over plans to dislocate education system

…begs ASUU to return to negotiation table

By Emmanuel Aziken

ABUJA—The Senate committee on Education has flayed plans by the Minister of Education Dr. Sam Egwu to excise junior secondary schools from the nation’s unitary schools, asserting that it was another policy to dislocate the nation’s educational system.

Reacting to the strike by unity school teachers against the plan by the administration to excise Junior Secondary Schools from the unity schools, Senator Joy Emodi chairman of the Senate committee on Education cautioned that it was a half baked policy that will only dislocate the sector.

Senator Emodi also again appealed to striking university lecturers to return to the negotiation table to avoid a complete disruption of the university system.

“There are so many other problems with the sector than going to tamper with the status of the Unity Schools, they should allow it so as to avoid any other destruction in the education sector,’’ Senator Emodi said yesterday.

Teachers of unity schools across the country embarked on an indefinite strike action last week to protest the proposal to excise the junior arms of the schools.

Senator Emodi warned that the proposal could backfire as she affirmed that it would only cause harm rather than benefit the nation’s education system.

Senator Emodi also appealed to striking lecturers to return to school as she noted that the ongoing strike was worsening the social condition of the country.

“I will use this opportunity again to appeal to ASUU to go back to the negotiation table because the policy of using long lasting strike is not the best because it will rubbish the sector.”


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