Author Topic: TASUED TEACHERS THREATEN SHOWDOWN OVER TRANSFER TO COLLEGE OF EDUCATION  (Read 1537 times)

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Lecturers at the Ogun State-owned Tai Solarin University of Education have threatened a showdown with the management of the institution over its alleged decision to forcefully transfer some of them to the newly created Gateway College of Education.

Saturday Punch gathered that the threat followed the state government’s decision to excise the college of education arm from the university and make it independent. Before the new development, the university had been awarding degrees and the National Certificate of Education to its products. However, both the National Universities Commission and the National Commission for Colleges of Education had expressed displeasure at the co-habitation of the degrees and certificates in the university. This had compelled the state government to relocate the College of Education to Governor Gbenga Daniel’s hometown, Omu.

Consequently, the management of TASUED announced that its 422 staff would be moved to the new college. To make the movement easier, it initially requested for volunteers, adding that the NCCE’s scheme of service would be used for them. It also said that such staff in the new college would be placed on the HATISS VI salary structure instead of the one enjoyed in the university.

When none of the lecturers volunteered to move, the management later advised lecturers without doctorate degrees to transfer to the college. The university also stated that graduate assistants would suffer a salary cut while they would be paid by the various departments instead of TASUED’s management. Those who were not in agreement with the new arrangement were advised to move to the college.

Lecturers and other staff of the university, who spoke to Saturday Punch on the condition of anonymity because of ongoing meetings between the representatives of various bodies in the school, said TASUED’s management had not explained why it could not hire fresh staff for the college in spite of the obvious personnel problems being suffered by the university.

Some of them alleged that the management was using the opportunity of the relocation of the college of education to deal with some lecturers that had been described as ‘too progressive’ because of their activism. “But we are not going to allow that to happen. We were employed by the university. We have our letters of appointment, so there is no way that we will allow any movement to where we were not employed. Let the college get its own staff,” they said.

Reacting to the development, TASUED’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Gbenga Omilani, told our correspondent on the telephone that the “disarticulation of staff” from the institution to the new college was purely a voluntary affair. He said there was no crisis as a result of the policy, adding, “Even the new provost of the college is a former member of staff of the university. Many of the lecturers and staff of the new college have written letters indicating their intentions to be part of the new college. They know that the salary is the same and both institutions are owned by the state government.”

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