Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has applaud the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) for suspending its 10-month-old strike which has kept polytechnic students across the country out of their classrooms.
Atiku in a statement signed by his media office in Abuja Monday welcomed the opportunity for students to return to their campuses, while particularly urging the Federal Government to adopt a wholistic approach to solving the problem of education development in the country by convocation of a national education summit.
He said the unwholesome situation whereby government and lecturers continue to trade blames is unacceptable.
He noted that by convoking a national summit on education such issues relating to building more capacity for our tertiary institutions of learning would be addressed.
“It is noteworthy that the issue of funding is very germane to the management of our public sector education; and so, both government and practitioners in our public education system must come to terms with the parameters of the existing budgetary allocation for education and also create new methods of sourcing funds. They must do this without causing harm to the future of our youths,” Atiku said.
The former Vice President particularly mentioned that gaining from his experience of running a world-class university in his home state of Adamawa, there are far greater challenges facing the Nigerian tertiary education system beyond the issue of funding.
He listed those issues to include capacities to measure and report quality of education on a school-by-school basis, to hold each school accountable for learning and morals, to recruit and retain the best teachers, failure to tap into the world of Information Technology to boost teachings and the inherent disconnect between our ivory towers and the national economy.
“Biting as the problem of youth unemployment might be everywhere around the globe, countries now device new ways of getting out of the quagmire, and one approach which I find attractive is teaching our young school leavers the skills of being entrepreneurs and having a line of core interest along their academic discipline where they can take off from after graduation,” Atiku posited.
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