22 December 2012

Nigeria: Plateau Education Standard Drops - Asup

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Students writing exams (file photo).

The Academic Staff Association of Polytechnics, ASUP, has accused Plateau State government of overseeing the decay of the state's education sector through unpopular policies.ASUP National President, Comrade Chibuzor Asomugha, who stated this while addressing journalists in, the Plateau State capital, said the state had over the years experienced a steady drop in standard on different fronts.

Asomugha, who led other leaders of ASUP on a solidarity visit to its members in Plateau State, regretted that, unlike in other states where progress was being made, the state of education in the state had become a thing of concern.

"In 2011, we envisioned the collapse of education in Plateau State and warned that unless urgent steps were taken to address the deterioration, the state was in for the worst. The situation since then has continued to unveil gory pictures of systemic destruction of education in Plateau State,"he said.

"Government's approach to events in the education sector has continued to infect her search for progress in the state, thus leaving on its tail huge deficits on the dreams of the founding fathers of the state and indeed the future of several generations of Plateau people".

ASUP said the decline in the performance of students in the state in the West African School Certificate and National Examination Council examinations in the last five years spoke volumes of the situation. It sympathized with teachers and pupils of public primary schools and local government staff in the state who have been at home since May this year over government's alleged failure to pay N18,000 minimum wage.

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