Atiku hails ASUP, welcomes strike call-off

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– Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has hailed the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to suspend the 10-month old action which has left polytechnic students across the country out of their classrooms.

The former Vice President in a statement signed by his office in yesterday welcomed the opportunity for students to return to their campuses, while particularly urging the Federal to a holistic approach in solving the problem of education development in the country through the convocation of a national education summit.

According to him, the unwholesome situation whereby and lecturers will continue to trade blames while the future of our youths remains on a pause is to say the least, unacceptable.

He noted through the convocation of a national summit on education such issues relating to building more capacity for our tertiary institutions of learning will be addressed.

“It is noteworthy the issue of funding is very germane to the management of our sector education; and so, both and practitioners in our education system come to terms with the parameters of the existing budgetary allocation for education and also create new methods of sourcing funds. They do this without causing harm to the future of our youths,” Atiku said.[eap_ad_2]

The former Vice President particularly mentioned gaining from his experience of running a world-class university in his 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 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.

According to him, “biting as the problem of youths unemployment might be everywhere around the globe, countries 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 off from after graduation.”[eap_ad_3]