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NLC urges Jonathan to revolutionise education

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin — The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, has tasked the Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on the need to urgently revolutionise education in the country, to ensure mass qualitative education for all.

The vice president of the union, Comrade Issa Aremu, made the call yesterday in Ilorin at the maiden stakeholders’ conference, organised by the Governing Council of the Kwara State Polytechnic.

He lamented that the state of education in Nigeria was at the stage of precipice, bemoaning the prevailing situation whereby “students in tertiary institutions and even our children at home could not speak good and queen’s English” hence the need to urgently redress this trend.

The labour activist who said there was no better time than now, expressed the need for sound education for all that would at least enable individuals to acquire enough knowledge to be self employed, saying providing skilled and technical education is not the solution to our problems in the education sector.

Citing examples from developed countries such as China, Japan, America and the United Kingdom among others, he said science should be combined with humanities to get the nation where she rightly should be
Earlier, Chairman, Governing Council, Engr Musa Yeketi, told the gathering that students of Kwara State Polytechnic, had issued a death threat on the Rector and other principal staff of the institution, and  urged the students to shun violence as it “pays to be peaceful, orderly and law-abiding.”

According to him, “we face recurring challenge in the polytechnic during registration exercise. Whereas, normal registration period should not be longer than two weeks or maximum of three weeks, our students have always sought to make the polytechnic registration period endless.

“For instance, we commenced registration for the 2009/2010 on October 12, 2009 and it was supposed to end on November 7, 2009.  However, we extended it again and again until it finally ended on  February 5, 2010, a period of about four months.

“Surprisingly, our students are still agitating, pressuring and threatening death on the Rector and other principal officers if we refuse to re-open registration.

“It is in the light of this that I use this forum to make a passionate appeal to parents and other stakeholders of education in Kwara State to assist us to move this polytechnic forward by ensuring the school fees of their children and wards are released to them on time. They should also monitor to ensure such fees are paid promptly,” he said.

Yeketi bemoaned the mass exodus of some academic staff of the institution owing mainly to non-implementation of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS).


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