By Adenitan Akinola 

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), has kicked against the Federal Government’s plan to merge the National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC) with the Federal Ministry of Education.

In a position paper jointly signed by the ASUSS President, Comrade Samuel Omaji, and the Secretary-General, Sola Adigun presented to the Federal Government and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State Capital, the union posited that the plan to merge the commission with the Ministry of Education showed that secondary school education is given little regard in Nigeria.

ASUSS observed the Oransaye Report the government purported to implement, capturing the merger of ASUSS would amount to enforcing a Law in retrospect, a development which offended Law and Equity, since the report preceded the establishment of the National Senior Secondary School Commission.

“Suffice it to say that Oransaye’s Committee was constituted in 2011 and submitted their report to President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, while the National Senior Secondary Education Commission was established by the government of President Muhammed Buhari in 2019, how did a Commission that was established in 2019, got into the Oransaye’s Report, but this is a question demanding a realistic answer.”

The unions noted with concern that Senior Secondary Education in Nigeria suffers poor funding, neglect, inadequate planning, decayed and dilapidated infrastructure, and insufficient, and poor remuneration teachers, a situation which the National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC) came to address in order to enhance qualitative and functional education

ASUSS therefore submitted that returning it to the Ministry of Education was as good as returning it to a bureaucratic bottleneck that would slow down the process.

“Quality and functionality are crying for attention in our education system. The National Senior Secondary Education Commission has taken this as a direct responsibility by enforcing quality standards in the teaching and learning process, appropriate curriculum development, training, and retraining of teaching staff to keep them abreast with modern teaching techniques, especially in the new world of ICT.

“Scrapping NSSEC will retard developed results yielding collaboration set between stakeholders in education to enhance quality just like NBTE is doing and developing technical skills in Nigeria (e.g. IDEAS) Innovation Development Empowerment and the Acquisition of skills, through this project, technical teachers in technical colleges are being trained, infrastructures and facilities are being provided,” ASUSS stated.

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