Lagos – The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folasade Esan, on Saturday told Unity Colleges to explore internally-generated revenue for their sustenance.
Esan gave the advice at the inauguration of a three-classroom block at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos.
The permanent secretary also urged Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) of schools and other stakeholders to work in harmony to achieve set goals.
“Government is not happy to learn about persons fighting constituted authorities of schools nor is government happy hearing that the PTA is fighting among themselves due to one reason or the other.
“Such developments are capable of destabilizing the school environment, thereby affecting the smooth flow of academic activities.
“We are usually not too happy when we read about some issues that have to do with our Unity Colleges on the pages of newspapers.
“Issues bordering on the PTAs and their activities in the school or issues on school management are to be settled internally.
“The PTAs world over, remain a formidable force and worth partner in the successful running of any school and we are indeed happy with the intervention role they play.
“But what we do not want is a situation whereby they will fight among themselves or start displaying acts of immaturity in handling issues that ordinarily should be settled quietly in-house,’’ she said.
According to Esan, there are laid down procedures in settling internal disputes that must be explored before going to the press if necessary.
The permanent secretary commended the authorities of the college for ensuring that students were provided with conducive teaching and learning environment.
“I am indeed overwhelmed by this singular effort. I am glad that I am here to see things for myself and particularly glad too that from the IGR, this structure was put up.
She assured government’s commitment in ensuring that the past glory of the 104 Unity Colleges across the country was restored.
The Principal of the college, Rev. Chris Ugorji, said that the school’s management, in line with the Federal Government’s policy on public/private partnership had partnered with stakeholders to achieve set goals.
Ugorji noted that there were some pressing challenges that needed urgent attention by government.
These he said, included inadequate classrooms, teachers’ accommodation and the regularisation of the part-time teachers.
“Our administration will continue to strive and ensure that the directives of the ministry are effectively carried as far as the school development is concerned,’’ he said (NAN)