The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) yesterday expressed concern over the on-going strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying it is condemnable at this time of the nation’s developmental drive.
National publicity secretary of the party, Rotimi Fashakin,said yesterday in a statement that the strike is due to the federal government unwillingness tohonour the 2009 agreement,meeting only two out of the ASUU demands.
“The major demand of the University Teachers is the increased yearly sectoral allocation to Education in theAnnual Budget to meet the minimum standard of 26 percent as enunciated by UNESCO. This, we believe, should be a no-brainer for any regime that seeks to radically improve the national educational standard,” the statement added.
“Between 2000 and 2010, the average sectoral allocation to Education by the successive PDP regimes was 8.12 percent. It is therefore not surprising thatin 2010, there was a meteoric rise in fees in tertiary institutions across the country and that no Nigerian University could be found among the first 5000 in the world or the first 50 in Africa and over 12 million children of school age were out of school,” Fashakin said.
The publicity scribe noted that, “In other words, Dr Goodluck Jonathan preyed on the intelligence of Nigerians in 2010 as a vote -catching ploy! The facts on the ground show that there was really no plan to fund the new Universities. We are appalledthat under Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s watch, being a former University teacher, Nigeria’s tertiary education infrastructure has consistently degraded.”
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