BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI
LAGOS—AS protests continue to trail the hike in tuition fees of Lagos State University, LASU, the state government, yesterday, said the matter was not foreclosed as efforts at amicable resolution were on.
Commissioner for Education Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, speaking in Alausa, insisted that; “We will soon take definite pronouncement on the lingering crisis in the interest of all, we have not foreclosed discussion on the matter. I have it on authority as I was in the meeting that the governor held with these students. They were saying the school fees were too high and we told them to go back and come with a programme of payment that they think would be suitable for them.
“According to the governor, they brought that in a couple of days ago and he is yet to present it to the executive council.”
On achievements recorded in the state education sector, Oladunjoye said the state government had paid N508. 6 million as examination fees for West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) of 47,000 Senior Secondary School students, who sat for 2014 West African School Certificate Examination in the state.
She said, “Government’s policy on education has always been the improvement of our students’ performance in their studies, particularly in mathematics, English and Science students hence the introduction of Saturday coaching.”
LASU lecturers’ threat
Also speaking on the strike threat by the LASU lecturers, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, said LASU lecturers were not threatening strike because of school fees.
According to him: ”Let me say that the lecturers are only using this as gimmicks not to have lectures in the school.
“On the issue of promotion they are talking about there is no vacancy, so there is no promotion. Nowhere in the world will you be promoted where there is no vacancy.
“It is not possible to promote without vacancies. To be promoted, you must be tested, both written and interviews. It is after passing the test that you can be promoted. For instance, if you are moving from level 15 to 16 and there are ten vacancies but we have 15 people coming, the best ten will be promoted and the rest will have to wait till next time.