Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Wike, has urged principals of the 104 Federal Unity Colleges across the country to move the schools away from the status quo by displaying professional competence and quality leadership.
Flagging off the selection and placement exercise into Junior Secondary 1 and Senior Secondary 2 classes in the Federal Unity Colleges, yesterday, Wike reminded the principals that they should see themselves as leaders, who are directly responsible for achieving qualitative improvement in the nation’s unity colleges.
He said: “We recognise that today’s principals face more complex challenges from a new generation of learners as well as high expectations from parents, who are dissatisfied with the current poor state and achievement of these colleges.”
On the admission policy of the unity colleges, Wike said while admission into the schools was not automatic, especially for over-subscribed schools, officials must not unfairly deny placement to any qualified candidate, who meets the mandatory requirement of the college of his/her choice.
The Minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Ben Ibe, said: “Principals must honestly and strictly adhere to the Federal Government guidelines/criteria on admission into unity colleges in determining the outcome of the selection and placement exercise.”
The commencement of the admission process for the Federal Unity Colleges was attended by principals from 101 Federal Government Colleges across the country.