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The Socialist Party of (SPN), Oyo State chapter has decried the recent declaration by Seyi Makinde led government that the payment of the registration fee for students who are to write the West African Examination Council (WAEC), is not part of the regime free policy.

DAILY POST gathered that Makinde through his Commissioner for Education, Daud Shangodoyin had recently declared that payment of WAEC fees was not part of his free education policy.

Makinde insisted that payment of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), examination fees is the sole responsibility of parents in the state. He posited that it was the responsibility of the parents to pay the WAEC fees for their children.

But, SPN while reacting frowned at what it described as false impression and misrepresentation.

The party in a statement signed by its Secretary, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun, a copy of which was made available to DAILY POST on Monday, said it believed that the cost of registration for any examination whether internal or external is an integral, crucial and inseparable part of any meaningful free education policy.

Adigun said, “Free education policy without payment of WAEC fees is incomplete and deceitful. SPN Oyo State chapter decries the recent declaration credited to Engineer Seyi Makinde led government in the state that the payment of the registration fee of students in public secondary school in the state who are due for an enrollment for this years edition of the West African Examination Council, WAEC, examination is not part of the regime free education policy.

“SPN frown at this kind of false impression and misrepresentation. It is our belief in SPN that the cost of registration for any examination whether internal or external is an integral, crucial and inseparable part of any meaningful free education policy. No formal education is complete without an examination. This implies, that any education policy that fail to incorporate this as its integral part is not encompassing, hence fake and deceitful!

“The impression that it is the sole responsibility of the parents to pay the examination fee of their children is not . Examination fee is an integral part of the cost of education and it is the social responsibility of the government and not of the parents. SPN therefore, holds that there is no basis for the Seyi Makinde-led government not to be able to fulfil this obligation, especially with the much vaunted 22.37% of the estimated budget of N208 Billion for 2020 the regime claimed to have allocated to education.

“It is in the light of this we call on the Engr Seyi Makinde-led government to rescind the decision and the plan to abdicate its reasonability of paying the examination fee of students in public secondary schools across the state that will be due to enroll for WAEC examination this year. To us in SPN, this declaration has further reinforced our earlier suspicion over whether or not the motive behind the so called free education policy of the Engr Seyi Makinde-led government is to promote academic excellence of students across the state or just being used as a mere instrument of propaganda. If truly the so called free education policy is to promote academic excellence, there shouldn’t have been any plan to abdicate the responsibility of paying the WAEC examination fee.

“Moreover, having this kind of declaration coming at a period when the regime claimed it has allocated 22.37% of the estimated budget of N208billion to education has further showed that beyond the problem of poor and inadequate funding bedeviling the education sector is also a greater problem of mismanagement and looting of the available resources to the sector. It is our believe in SPN that except the resources at the disposal of the state is often subjected to the democratic control and management of the working people themselves, those resources no matter how huge will always be looted by members of the ruling elites. In other words, huge allocation without democratic management and control will not translate into any meaningful in the life of the working people.

“It is in the light of this we call on Engr Seyi Makinde to ensure the amount of fund equivalent to the 22.37% claimed to have been allocated to the education sector should be subjected to the democratic control and management of committee of elected representative of students, parents and in the education sector. It is only this kind of committee in charge of the resources allocated to the sector that can guarantee judicious use of this fund. Therefore, it will be possible to begin to address the most important areas of needs of students and education such as provision adequate and well-equipped facilitates like classrooms, laboratories, libraries, hostels, health centres, etc as well as well-remunerated and motivated .

“We call on teachers, students and parents to demand from Seyi Makinde-led government to introduce measures as we have articulated above in order to ensure the judicious use of the allocation to education and also pay examination fee students as part of his free education regime.

“If it is difficult or impossible for the Seyi Makinde-led government implement this kind of proposal, it is because the Seyi Makinde/PDP-led government is a pro-capitalist government, like the previous Ajimobi government. The fundamental basis of existence and formation of such a government in the final analysis is to ensure that profit interest and aspiration of the few members of the billionaire class whether in government or are defended and protected at the expense of the need and interest of the working but the poor people.

“Therefore, to achieve an arrangement whereby the resources of the state is subjected to the democratic management and control of the working people will require the workers and poor people government formed on the basis of socialist plan. Only a socialist plan can ensure the use of both the human and material resources of the society for the benefit of all.

“We therefore call on workers, youth and the poor masses in the state to join and support the SPN and help build it as a strong party that is capable of defeating all anti-poor political parties including the APC and PDP in the state and form a pro- working people government that will be run on the basis of a socialist programme”.

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Coronavirus forces ASUP to suspend planned strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics(ASUP) has put on hold its planned industrial action because of the spread of coronavirus, which has resulted in the closure of tertiary institutions in the country.

The union said it had planned to embark on strike in April because of the inability of the Federal government to keep to agreements entered since 2010 as well as the avoidable shortcomings associated with the payment of February 2020 salaries in federal polytechnics through the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, in a statement on Sunday said the union’s 97th National Executive Council meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued with effect from March 18, 2020.

He said the ultimatum expired on April 3, 2020.

Ezeibe said that the union would embark on a nationwide strike action after the coronavirus pandemic crisis subsides in the country.

The statement reads: “As a consequence of the inability of the government to keep to agreements entered into with our union since 2010 as well as the avoidable shortcomings associated with the payment of February 2020 salaries in federal polytechnics in the country, our union’s 97th National Executive Council meeting had resolved to embark on an industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued with effect from March 18, 2020. The ultimatum expired on April 3, 2020.

“Key aspects of our dispute with the government include; avoidable shortcomings in the deployment of the IPPIS payment platform in polytechnics in February 2020 salaries; non-payment of salaries in some state-owned institutions of up to 17 months; non-release of the agreed revitalisation fund in lieu of the anticipated implementation of the NEEDS Assessment survey report for public Polytechnics since 2014; Non conclusion of the renegotiation of the union’s 2010 agreement with the government; Violations of extant provisions of the Polytechnics Act (2019 Amendment) by governing councils of some Polytechnics; and others.

“The government through its agencies has remained insensitive to these issues over the years and has continued to demonstrate such attitude as seen in the delay in the release of March 2020 salaries of our members. By so doing, government has unwittingly encouraged the declaration of this impending strike action by our union.

“However, our union is concerned at the prevailing but unacceptable rate of the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic across the nation. Moved by the need to collectively arrest the growing spread of this scourge in our nation, the union has resolved to put on hold its proposed industrial action in deference to overriding national interest to resume at a more auspicious period.

“Encourage our members nationwide to play complementary roles to the extent of the deployment of their professional competencies as well as participating in safe community action efforts in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.”

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No cut off marks yet for 2020 admission – JAMB

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said the cut-off marks for this year’s admission has not been fixed yet.

It urged Nigerians, particularly candidates, to disregard any cut-off marks being circulated by “fraudsters,” describing it as “fake.”

The board said this year’s cut – off marks would be decided at a stakeholders policy meeting that would be chaired by the Minister of , Malam Adamu Adamu.

JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said this in a statement on Sunday amid reports that the board had adopted a cut-off mark for this year’s admission.

The spokesperson said the board has fixed the policy meeting for June 15th and 16th 2020.

He said: “Kindly disregard any cut off marks paraded by fraudsters. It is fake news.

“Cut off marks are decided at a policy meeting chaired by the Hon Minister of Education with all heads of tertiary institutions, CEOs of regulatory agencies in education and all other critical stakeholders in attendance.

“This meeting has been fixed for June 15th and 16th 2020 if all things being equal.

“Until this meeting is held no body can talk about cut off mark. Nigerians are advised to disregard any such marks being paraded.”

Meanwhile, the board has de-listed nine computer-based test centres (CBT) used in the conduct of the year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation .

One of the CBT centres was de-listed for conniving with candidates to engage in malpractice during the conduct of the UTME.

The remaining eight CBT centres were de-listed for “technical deficiency” during the conduct of the examination which held on March 14 this year.

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