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Staff School: FCETA Constitute Implementation Board

Posted: Aug 5, 2015 at 1:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Oyeniran Apata –  Lagos


As the controversy generated by a circular on funding of personnel cost in staff primary schools in all federal institutions continues to generate reactions, authority of the Federal College of Education, Technical (FCET), Akoka has constituted an implementation board for the exercise.

The Federal Ministry of Education had in a circular FME/SU/GEN/IVB/60 signed by a Deputy Director in the ministry, Fayemi E.O  stating in parts that “Agencies which have been funding the personnel cost of staff Primary Schools in the Federal Budget should be advised to stop that practice with immediate effect”.

In an interview with Daily Independent over the weekend, Provost of the pioneer technical college, Dr. Sijibomi Olusanya stated that the process for the implementation and the privatisation of the school had commenced in earnest.

According to him, “We are going to privatise the staff school. It is what the school generates that will be used in paying the teachers. The circular had been on for some time and we have removed the names of personnel in staff school on the budget.

“At least we have about 30 personnel affected by the directive. We have set up a school board to advise management of the college on the new school fee and what the take home of teacher will be.

Apparently not happy at the development, the Provost stated some of the dutiful teachers that have risen over the years on the job might be left with no option, but to comply with the new status of the school as a private institution.

He stated that the reality of the change in status was that some of the senior teachers, earning as much as N100, 000 on government payroll would have to contend with the outcome of the board’s decision and advise  the management.

Dr. Olusanya said the new status of the staff school would affect the take home of staff, fee paid by pupils, other services and benefits at the school.

Giving tacit support to the government’s position that the schools should be able to run on their own, the Provost said the laboratory experimentation the school exists to serve had been defeated.

In his words he said, “On one hand the government had a point that the schools should be able to run independently of the government.

“But on the other hand, the school serves as a laboratory to the college, and if such is to be maintained and get the best out of our products, the government has to make some contributions to take care of the schools,” he added.