COEASU wants Jonathan to take charge of ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor crises

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - By Fran­cis Okeke

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan should take and man­age crises in crit­i­cal sec­tors like ed­u­ca­tion to evade an omi­nous gloom in the teacher ed­u­ca­tor sec­tor, the Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Aca­demic Staff Union (COEASU) has said.

A press state­ment jointly signed by COEASU Pres­i­dent Emma Asagha and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Nuhu Ogrima said the con­tin­u­ous ne­glect of the col­lege of ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor will “cul­mi­nate in re­gret­table and near ir­repara­ble cir­cum­stances if not ad­dressed.”

The union ac­cused the su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Nye­som Wike of try­ing to black­mail it out of its strike ac­tion.

The union, which has been on strike since the 18th of De­cem­ber, 2013, ac­cused Wike of in­sen­si­tiv­ity, ac­cus­ing him of mak­ing com­ments that are “highly un­be­com­ing and ap­palling… he never men­tions col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion in his briefs. Wike has never of­fered any­thing to COEASU so let him stop the lies and deal with the is­sues.”

The union’s grouses in­clude the “non ac­cred­i­ta­tion of pro­grammes and its im­pli­ca­tions on the en­tire sys­tem,” as well as what it termed the cor­rup­tion of the se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture of the col­leges through out­sourc­ing to set­tle po­lit­i­cal al­lies at the detri­ment of staff and govern­ment’s huge in­vest­ment.

COEASU is also protest­ing the non-pay­ments of pen­sion/ death ben­e­fits to fam­i­lies of de­ceased work­ers due to “cor­rupt modes of ap­point­ments of the un­der­writ­ers against the pro­vi­sions of the 2004 Pen­sion Act,” as well as the non-re­lease of an April, 2012 Visi­ta­tion White Paper on the need of the col­leges.

The union, which is seek­ing the ex­pan­sion of ac­cess to spe­cialised teacher ed­u­ca­tion de­gree spa­ces by grant­ing COEs the au­ton­omy to award de­grees not in af­fil­i­a­tion, say­ing most post NCE stu­dents spend years in frus­tra­tion seek­ing ad­mis­sion to non-ex­ist­ing spa­ces in Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties.

COEASU also wants a com­pre­hen­sive im­ple­men­ta­tion of mi­gra­tion for lower cadre which had been “dis­crim­i­na­to­rily im­ple­mented in the other sys­tems since July, 2013,” while also seek­ing the stan­dard­iza­tion of sab­bat­i­cal leave pro­grammes for qual­i­fied aca­demics in the col­leges.

It wants an ur­gent re­view of the laws es­tab­lish­ing the col­leges and Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion to re­flect con­tem­po­rary re­al­i­ties in the in­ter­est of stu­dents and the staff as well as statu­tory bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions for the pay­ment of Pe­cu­liar Aca­demic Al­lowances (PAA), amongst other de­mands.

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