The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, ASUSS has commended the Ekiti state government for establishing four
additional secondary schools in the state capital.
In a statement by his chairman, Mr Sola Adigun and Secretary, Mr Abiodun Ogunkuade, ASUSS described the step as an evidence of Governor Fayemi’s commitment to reclaiming Ekiti land in the education sector.
ASUSS notes that the creation of the four new schools was the first major intervention of government in widening the space of Secondary school admission in the state in the last 20 years.
It adds that naming of the new schools after eminent Ekiti statemen would awaken the sense of patriotism and integrity in young people.
According to ASUSS Chairman and Secretary virtually all the secondary schools in the state capital have over 70% of students above their carrying capacity, a development which they maintained reduce class control and learning in students.
The Union points out that it has raised this inadequacy with previous administrations, but such was ignored, living the provision of this fundamental needs to the private sector investors alone.
ASUSS however appealed to the government to take a critical look at teaching materials and manpower in the existing schools, particularly science laboratory and ICT centres.
In another development, the Union expressed confidence that the state government will implement the new national minimum wage of thirty thousand naira as passed by the National Assembly.
It’s Chairman of the Union, Mr Sola Adigun noted that the Doctor Kayode Fayemi led administration had demonstrated it’s commitment to improved welfare of workers through its various intervention programmes since its return to power.
Mr Adigun explained that the interest of all states in the federation were put into cognisance during the long period of negotiation for the long over due minimum wage.
He said the new minimum wage, despite not a living wage would improve service delivery in the education sector in particular, as improved living standard of teachers would manifest in their teaching and commitment to the job
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