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The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Universities recently imposed sanctions on lecturers of the Lagos State University , Ojo , and declared the Vice-Chancellor , Prof . Olanrewaju Fagbohun , an enemy of the union . In this interview, the embattled Secretary of ASUU , LASU chapter , Dr Tony Dansu , tells SAMSON FOLARIN the implication of the sanctions
There has been a series of conflicts between ASUU LASU and the management. What in your view was the genesis of these ?
The whole thing started with the last vice – chancellor who was draconian in the administration of the university. We saw a lot of impunity , maladministration and high -handedness. He had three major damaging policies that time .
First was the school fees , which were increased from N 25 ,000 to N 250 ,000 for regular courses and N350 ,000 for those at the college of medicine. For some of us who finished from LASU and paid less than N 500 as school fees , we could not stomach that sudden change , which we felt would deny the children of the downtrodden quality education and make many lose their jobs .
The second was the issue of no vacancy , no promotion , meaning that if you are qualified for promotion by virtue of your work and maturity , you will not be given the promotion if there is no vacancy in your department . This means promotion will only be given to those in their good book .
The third was the policy of rationalisation, whereby certain courses in the university were thought not to be viable and profitable . And we thought that education is a social service that government must provide . But they said some courses in the faculties of education , arts, management science should be scrapped and only courses like medicine, law , management , engineering, should be left. We fought the three policies until they were reversed .
When the new VC came in , we saw a professor of law and thought he would run the university without any bias . Unfortunately , in less than three months , we saw him running the university with the same trend he met on the ground . As a union , we had the duty to caution him . We started doing this unofficially so that it does not appear we wanted to pull down his administration .
What exactly was he doing wrong ?
First , we saw him appointing people who were not qualified into positions of authority . The law of the university says that professors are the chairmen of departments ; they are the heads of departments . But where there is no professor , you appoint the next most senior person. If an associate professor is not available , you appoint a senior lecturer . In other words, you follow the order of seniority .
But we had a situation where a vice -chancellor will appoint a student as an HOD above his lecturers in the department . By student I mean someone who does not have a PhD , but is running his programme in that department ; you know that person is a student . So , imagine that person being appointed as an HOD above his teachers . We said no , this cannot occur in a university.
One of such in the Faculty of Engineering was appointed as an HOD by the VC above his seniors in the department . There are other situations where because you have personal hatred against the department , you won ’t see anybody to appoint as HOD and then you will go and borrow somebody from another department to head them .

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Education

Reps disagree with FG on WASSCE

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The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, Julius Ihonvbere on Friday questioned the new directive of the Federal Government on West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

The lawmaker in a press statement frowned at the directive to halt participation of students in the forthcoming examination due to COVID-19.

He noted that the Minister did not consult stakeholders and, adding that the announcement lacked the needed clarification.

“He did not inform the country if this was in agreement with other West African leaders or in consultation with the examination bodies, the state governments and other stakeholders in the education sector.

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“The Minister did not also inform the public if the decision was the outcome of a meeting with all State Governments that are in charge of all but the Unity Secondary Schools that are owned by the Federal government.”

Mr. Ihonvbere said the directive of the federal government is confusing. He added that it will create, “distortions and disarticulations in the sector are only getting worse.”

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He urged the Federal Ministry of Education “not chicken out of its responsibilities but take charge, provide policy direction, engage the states and other stakeholders”.

He advised the federal government to provide the needed environment for students to write their exams.

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Osun proprietor arrested for circulating fake school reopening proposal

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The Osun State Government has said a private school proprietor in the state had been handed to over to the police for circulating unapproved plan for school reopening .
The school reopening proposal was shared in many whatsapp groups in the state on Wednesday and when attention of Special Adviser to the governor on Education , Mr Jamiu Olawumi was drawn to the proposal , he told our correspondent to disregard it.
Olawumi , who claimed that the man circulating the said proposal had been arrested by the police on the order of state government , told residents to wait for the directive of Governor Gboyega Oyetola on the issue .
According to the said reopening proposal , schools in Osun state were to resume on July 20 , 2020 and only 20 children were to sit in a class
It was also proposed that big schools would run two shifts of morning , 8 am to 12 pm ; and afternoon , 1 .30 pm to 5 .30 pm daily .
But Olawumi said , “Schools were closed by the President and the power to reopen has been conceded to the state governors . Osun citizens should await the announcement as endorsed by the governor very soon . We have handed him ( the person behind the proposal ) over to the police . Disregard the proposal please .”
Efforts to get reaction of Osun State leadership of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools to the development proved futile .

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