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STRIKING teachers of the nation’s 104 Federal Government Colleges (FGC) otherwise known as Unity Schools, yesterday suspended their over one month old industrial action to ask for a return of Junior Secondary School (JSS), earlier stopped by Obasanjo’s government since 2006.

Under the umbrella of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), the teachers who had been on a strike which paralysed academic activities since September 17, 2009, are expected to resume normal academic activities on Monday.

Addressing Journalists yesterday, Secretary General of ASCSN, Mr. Solomon Onaghinon, said the strike was put on hold sequel to assurance of President Umar Yar’Adua that the JSS classes of the Federal Government colleges would resume on or before January 2010.

According to Mr. Onaghinon the January 2010 target for admission of new intakes into the JSS classes would pose no problem because all that was required was for the National Examination Council (NECO) to conduct an entrance examination since the teachers, classrooms, and other facilities were available.

He explained also that about 64,000 candidates sat for examination into the JSS Classes and attended interview and so those who passed can as well be offered admission immediately.

He said: “Following the decision of the Federal Government to commence the process of restoring the JSS components of the 104 Unity Colleges throughout the country, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has suspended the strike embarked upon by its members in the Unity Schools which paralysed academic activities since 17th September 2009.

“The Government has also pledged that all outstanding allowances will be paid to the teachers soon. We therefore direct the teachers in the 104 Federal Government Colleges to resume normal academic activities immediately.”

He posited that a communique signed in Lagos on Wednesday 21SI October 2009 by the Union Officials, and Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and those of the Federal Ministry of Labour emphasized that no teacher would be victimized for taking part in the strike.

Continuing, Mr. Onaghinon pointed out that all documentation needed to resuscitate the JSS arms of the Unity Colleges were being processed and explained that the Presidency had also accepted the position of the Union that the Schools should continue to exist as institutions that inculcate the spirit of national unity among Nigerians and also serve as models for secondary education in the country.

“The Presidency has equally acceded to our argument that not all Nigerians can afford to send their children and wards abroad to get qualitative education and as such the Federal Government Colleges should continue to function so that Nigerian children from varied economic backgrounds can have access to secondary education of international standard.” .

Onaghinon pointed out that the January 2010 target for admission of new intakes into the JSS Classes would pose no problem because all that was required was for the National Examination Council (NECO) to conduct an entrance examination since the teachers, classrooms, and other facilities were available.
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Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd

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Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd

Rotimi Akeredolu

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has approved the reopening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state beginning from Monday, November 2.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Pastor. Femi Agagu.

He expressed that the state has become peaceful following the unrest that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

Also Read: BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

Recall that the state government had earlier directed schools to reopen on October 19 after seven months of closure due to COVID- 19 outbreak.

But the schools were shut days after when the #EndSARS protest broke out.

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BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government on Thursday directed all public and private schools in the state to reopen all classes for academic activities.

Recall that schools were closed following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests in the State.

The government directed students and pupils in boarding houses to report to school on Sunday, 1st of November in preparation for the general resumption by Monday, 2nd November, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Reopening Of Lagos Markets

The directive was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo which was signed by Kayode Abayomi, Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education.

The Commissioner advised pupils/students to take their studies more seriously in a bid to recover the lost period and thereby excel.

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FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

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Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in a deadlock on Wednesday.

The union and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige led delegation failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.

According to reports, the Federal Government offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Also Read: Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU

However, the ASUU delegation led by National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment by the Federal Government should be made through the UTAS.

Following the failure to reach a consensus, the parties agreed to consult their respective principals and stakeholders.

They are to reconvene next week Wednesday.

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