Union calls for mainstreaming of Staff schools into Colleges of Education
By, Temitope Mustapha, Abuja
The Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education, Nigeria SSUCOEN has called for the mainstreaming of staff of demonstration schools in its entire Colleges of Education (COE).
President of the Union, Mr Danladi Msheliza, disclosed this during a meeting with the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu in Abuja on Friday.
Msheliza said that this was a requirement for graduating of students of primary Education Studies (PES) and Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE).
” I want to bring to your attention a document that emanated from your office dated Dec. 29, 2021to the Chairman of Salaries and Wages Commission in response to our letter that was written to you because we wrote to you that demonstration schools should not be seen as private entities”
” But when salaries and wages commission wrote to your office to give clarification on the status of possession of schools in colleges of education and the need to be mainstreamed, in your response to them signed by the permanent secretary you stated they the ministry has carefully examined our document”
“And that the 2021 edition of the NCE on minimum standards for Early Child Care and Primary Education Studies should be established in demonstration schools”
“But if the institutions are not able to do so, it should adopt school community of their reach which is also against the content of this document,” he said.
He therefore clarified that there was no 2021 edition of the minimum standards but only had 2020 edition saying the minimum standards had clearly stated that demonstration schools shall be established within the vicinity of colleges.
He called on the minister to also give more prominence to issues of colleges of education especially as it relate to the non-payment of arrears of minimum wages for its staff.
Speaking on the revitalisation fund of the colleges, the president called on the minister to resume the stalled renegotiation of the 2010 FGN/SSUCOEN Agreement.
He added that there was also the need to release the approved revitalisation fund to colleges arising from the NEED Assessment exercise.
Responding, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, promised to look into the gray areas that the union had brought before him.
On the demonstration of colleges of education, Adamu said that the ministry would constitute a committee to look at the letter and amend necessary areas appropriately.