By Favour Nnabugwu
The Federal Government has said it is determined to bring back quality and standards to unity schools across the country to achieve the purpose for which they were established, even as report reveals infrastructure deficit, lack of teachers, misappropriation and other concerns in the schools.
Minister of State for Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike, who disclosed this in Abuja while receiving the report on the Needs Assessment of Federal Government Colleges nationwide, pledged government’s commitment to immediately commence the process of implementing the recommendations.
Barr. Wike noted that government now has the political will to implement report of this nature owing to the benefit that will accrue to the education system.
“This is not going to be one of those reports that are always dumped, where committees are set up, money spent and reports made but at the end of the day, nothing is done. We have the political will to implement whatever the committee has recommended,” he said.
The Minister disclosed that the government has commenced tackling the issue of casualisation of teachers in the colleges as it has secured the approval from Federal Civil Service Commission to regularize the appointments of over 1,000 qualified teachers who have been operating on part-time basis for 10 to 15 years in the colleges.
He said: “As government, we have started tackling the issue of bringing in teachers. We have gotten approval from the Federal Civil Service Commission to regularize the appointments of over 1,000 teachers that have been operating on part-time basis from 10 to 15 years. Of course this will be those who are qualified.”
Wike who maintained that the ministry will set up another committee within two weeks to review the report submitted to commence immediate implantation, disclosed that it has also written to the Ministry of Finance to approve funds for the renovation of 30 unity schools across the country by the time budget is made for 2013, as they cannot all be renovated at once.
He decried the lack of interest of the staff of the ministry and directed the chairmen of the committees to the geopolitical zones and the Director, Basic and Secondary Education to submit the names of the directors and committee members who were absent from the assignment to his office for further action.