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Thursday, July 11, 2013

ASUP Strike is not necessary - Minister of Education Prof Ruqayat Rufai says

ASUP Strike Unnecessary - Rufai
The minister of education, Prof Ruqayyatu
Ahmed
Rufa'i, has expressed
dismay over the strike
action embarked upon by the Academic Staff
Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), saying that it is
uncalled for as government has met
all that were agreed on in the 2009 agreement
signed between the Union and federal
government. She, however, expressed the hope
that the strike would be call off soon as
relevant government bodies have been
meeting with the Union.
The minister, who stated this during a meeting
with the National Association of
Polytechnic Students
(NAPS) in her office, said that ASUP demands
for the
current strike are outside the agreement.
This is even as she said
that the issue such as
IPPIS, which is government policy, the Ministry
has no control over its implementation, neither
has it power to constitute Governing Councils
for the
polytechnics as being
demanded. However, she said that government
went out of its way to dialogue
with the union in order to ensure that academic
activities resume in the
Polytechnics.
Responding to the union's reaction to JAMB cut-
off marks for the Polytechnics, the Minister
explained
that the 180 for University and 150 for
Polytechnics and Colleges of Education,
was not to make University superior to either
the polytechnics or colleges of education but
was as a result of the superior argument that
placing uniform cut-off mark has
not helped either the
Polytechnics or Colleges of Education to get the
required number of
students.
On the need for National Polytechnic
Commission, the minister said that had
been the initial plan but
with government's
intention to rationalise it agencies and
parastatals it is no more feasible. However, the
Minister
assured them that the
National Board for
Technical Education
(NBTE) will meet that
need. The minister commended the maturity of
the executives of NAPS to
dialogue rather than going to the street,
assuring them of partnership to ensure
conducive atmosphere germane for teaching
and learning in the Polytechnics.

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