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FG, Stakeholders educate Parents, Schools on Hurried Child’s Implications

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Joel Ajayi

The Federal Government has frowned at all the school especially private schools owners who were involved in the hurried child project to desist from it or face the wrath of the Law.

The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu gave this warning at the one day stakeholders Town hall meeting for the hurried child project organized by A Mother’s of Love initiative AMLI in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency NOA and others agencies on Thursday in Abuja with the theme: “The hurried child syndrome: “Implications for sustainable National development.”

The Child Syndrome is the condition in which parents over-schedule their children’s lives, push them hard for academic achievement, and expect them to act and react like miniature adults.

The minister, who was represented by Director, Senior Secondary Schools, Federal Ministry of Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, the Deputy Director, Senior Secondary Education Department in the ministry, said “rushing and pushing the education of children by parents and schools must stop.”

Minister described the trend as “counterproductive and distorting the natural growth and development of children.

According to him, Most pupils transition from primary five or even primary four to secondary school. This leaves most schools without the primary six classes.

“This unhealthy trend is also found in the Senior Secondary School where students in SSI and SS2 sit for terminal and university entrance examinations.”

Adamu, who attributed the trend to parent’s desire and impatience, misconception of the interpretation of the Nigerian Education system (6-3-3-4), added that the practice could impact the child and the society negatively.

Other problems, he said, were weak regulatory enforcement of the National Policy on Education, as well as the lack of sensitization on the negative impact of the practice.

Malam Adamu urged all quality assurance agencies and practitioners to be up and doing in tackling this menace.”

In her remark, the Chief Executive Officer of AMIL,  Mrs Hannatu Enwemadu, said the meeting was to provide a platform for stakeholders to take action and curb the practice of hurrying children during their formative years.

“So, to give this advocacy a national feel, we have to bring it here to Abuja to present the issue nationally.

“We will assess and create awareness among government and inter-government agencies, international bodies, to work for collaboration and partnership,” she said.

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Nasarawa Versity, ASUU Described Pro-Rata Salary Scheme As Unacceptable

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From David Christopher, Lafia

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nasarawa State University, Keffi Chapter Dr. Samuel Alu and other leaders of the union within the university have described the inability of the federal government of Nigeria to comply with the  injunctions of the national industrial court as regards the payments of their salaries as illegal and barbaric and pushing them to the wall.

The Academicians who made their decisions known during a peaceful protest which they embarked upon within the university premises on Friday said, the pro-rata salary scheme been initiated to them by the federal government of Nigeria was unacceptable.

” We are not going to negate the injunctions of the the industrial court for the main time, but it appears the federal government is pushing us high to the wall. We will soon react and we want our innocent students to bear us witness. We have been teaching without salaries and our salaries are not been paid.

” If this prorata payment continues then we would have no choice, but to face the reality which is to tell the federal government with the language that they normally understand. We don’t want to send our innocent students back home again. We want them to graduate to become positive people in the society that can impact to the economy of this nation”Dr. Alu stated.

According to him, the said rally was to protest the continues behaviors of the federal government of Nigeria, adding their also using the opportunity of the rally to let the general public to be acquainted how government was maltreating the colleagues at the federal universities.

His words,” We are calling on the federal government of Nigeria to call the minister of labour Dr. Chris Ngegi to order. He has no right to act as if he is above the federal law of Nigeria.

Answering a question as regards rumors making the rounds that the federal government who are the employee of the academic staff of federal universities may decide to disenge them as a result of the misunderstanding between them. A one time national chairman of ASUU, Professor Fashumu Oladepo said,” Our employee the federal government of Nigeria does not have any right either by the Nigerian constitution or by university law to do whatever the want to do against the lectures.

“No government has a right to cheat or to depraved the right of anyone that he deserves according to the constitution. This government is taking Nigerians for granted, because if they are responsible they would have comply with the agreement they signed with ASUU as regards the said salaries”

Other past ASUU Chairmen who also speaks on the issue and lamented the attitude of federal government over their unpaid salaries which was cursing hardship to them and their families includes, Professor Theophilus Lagi, Comrade Yahaya Muhammed, Comrade Mairiga JP and Comrade Tanimu Yusuf.

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