Kaduna NUT Commends Govt Over Education Reforms

Propaganda Won’t Derail Education Reform In Kaduna – El-Rufai
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The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended the state government for what they describe as its giant strides towards revamping the education sector and making learning more conducive in the state.

In a letter signed by its Assistant Secretary General, Adamu Ango on Friday, the NUT praised Governor Nasir El Rufai for the distribution of instructional materials to all primary and secondary schools in Kaduna state, ranging from textbooks, whiteboards, teachers manual, chalk and other library materials.

In addition, the union commended the government for providing motorcycles for monitoring and supervision of schools in all 23 local governments in the state.

According to the NUT, El Rufai also deserves praises for the construction and renovation of public primary and secondary schools throughout the state, as well as the provision of continuous teachers’ education programmes, training and workshops for its members.

The state NUT had held several protests last year and also embarked on an industrial action over series of reforms that the government was embarking upon in the education sector.

One of the major moves by the government was the sack of over 21,000 teachers who failed a competency test in June 2017.

While the teachers and the members of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), had protested against the move, the governor insisted then that no amount of protests will make the government change its position.

According to him, education is one of the foundational components of building a modern society so quality education for every child in the state was not an issue to be compromised.

He said: “This is a problem that we confronted within months of coming into office and we took extraordinary measures to steady the situation.

“We knew there would be a resistance but for us, education is one of the foundational components of building a modern society and we are not going to compromise on the quality of education and the quality of education relies on the quality of the teacher more than any other tool or infrastructure.”

Education: My Successor’s Mantra Was To Change My Reforms – Ezekwesili

A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who has been prominent in the forefront of the struggle for a better education system in Nigeria in an interview on Saturday lamented the state at which the reforms she initiated in the ministry are at present.

During an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise, Ezekwesili was asked if the reforms she made are still in place and she said that the citizens should be asked.

She also said that “the first thing that I heard after I left government was being told that my successor’s mantra was to reform Ezekwesili’s reforms.”

“How can you politicize education reforms,” she asked.

Following the incidence of more strikes in support of ASUU’s strike, Ezekwesili said the failure to understand the cause of a dysfunction in the education system, which functions organically, is like treating cancer with paracetamol.

Education which falls within the concurrent list of the Nigerian constitution is an activity which the federal, state, local governments have a right to embark upon.

She questioned if the stakeholders are doing what needs to be done.

To her detractors who have been questioning what she accomplished during her tenure as the education minister, she said they “must have been sleeping” adding that anyone who followed the reform programme in education, would never ask that question.

“I don’t engage in self adulation, (not) one bit”.

She also said that education mandate was one of the most challenging assignments she had to do in government.

“When I was minister of solid minerals, the number of reforms that, through diagnostics, we found we needed to do in order to set the system fully on a credible path for performance, was 107.

When she got into the education ministry, the number was over 300.

Mrs Ezekwesili said she had done a 3 year work with her 10 month stay in that ministry, at the end of which 45% of the work had been completed.

“10 months became 3 years in terms of the volume of work.” She said “I would start off work at 7am and I would leave office at an average of 2am.”