Parents seek infrastructural development in Unity schools
Despite the plan by the Federal Government to employ 1,000 teachers for the 104 unity colleges nationwide, parents are seeking infrastructural development.
The challenges pupils face learning were the while focus of discussions at the Southwest zonal meeting of the National Association of Parents of Federal Unity Secondary Schools (NAPAFUSS) held at the Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Yaba, Lagos penultimate Friday.
During the meeting, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) chairmen of the 17 colleges underscored the importance of partnership with the government and management of the institutions to improve quality of education service delivery in the single and mixed sex colleges in the southwest.
In an interview, the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of the association, Pastor Rufus Famuwagun, said many of the colleges need infrastructure and urged the federal government to enhance their facilities.
?The standard of education in the unity schools is not the way we want it. There are still some problems with the underfunding of education by the federal government that is why we say we are not where we want to be. We don?t have enough teachers, lack of infrastructural facilities, buildings; so we always assist the schools in the employment of part-time teachers; building of infrastructural/hostel accommodations, etc. But we want the government to do more,? he said.
Also speaking, the Acting PTA Chairman of the host school, Mrs Obi Igwillo, said the group would appreciate the absorption of part-time teachers the PTAs have employed into the Federal Civil Servive by the Federal Ministry of Education.
She said at the FSTC, Yaba, the PTA pays the salaries of 35 of the 97 teachers part-time teachers employed by the school.
?The FSTC, Yaba has 97 part-time workers. PTA pays for 10 and the school is asking us to pay for more. The PTA has other support workers so our bill runs into a million every month,? she said.
However, principal of the college, Mr William Iweama, commended the Federal government?s invest in the unity schools.
?Every month we get N5.5million to run the school; we get N3 million for feeding. It is just that education is expensive. A private school that wants to employ our kind of teachers will not charge less than N200,000 a month,? he said.