Federal Government urged to review new policy on Education

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The Federal Government has been urged to review its new policy on education to ensure improved and quality service delivery in the sector.

The Chairman, Parents- Teachers Association of the Federal Government College, Ilorin, Alhaji Isiaka Adeshina, gave the charge on Friday while speaking with VON in Ilorin the Kwara state capital.

Alhaji Adeshina who expressed dissatisfaction over the recent increase in levies at post primary levels of education, maintained that urgent steps should be taken to reverse the trend in the interest of the populace

He stressed that the primary aim of establishing Unity Schools was to promote National integration and opined that the welfare of students should be considered by the federal government to achieve the central objectives.

He, however, called for renewed dedication and commitment on the part of the teachers and the parents.

Alhaji Adeshina  also implored the government to ensure adequate provision of facilities across various federal government schools in the country to ensure quality and affordable education so as to secure the future of the students.

Speaking on insurance levies, the FGC-PTA chairman described the scheme as optional, considering its additional burden on the parents.

He, therefore promised that the National leadership of Parents-Teachers Association in Unity schools would meet soon, to fashion out strategies at addressing the entire newly introduced increments, especially on the issue of textbooks, schools fees, boarding fees, and other related matters.

Alhaji Adeshina equally decried abridged method through which policies are being implemented without necessary consultation with principal stakeholders considering the current economic situation and its inherent effects on the capacity of the parents.

A cross section of concerned citizens who also spoke on the new education policy of the federal government implored the concerned authorities to address the issue of inconsistencies in the selection of textbooks and feeding subsidy to the students.

They also called on the PTA to find a lasting solution to cases of bullying among the students to guarantee safety and adequate security on campus.