FG Suspends Education Reforms

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The Federal Government yesterday suspended the series of reforms initiated in the education sector during the Obasanjo administration, saying some of the policies were formulated and implemented without due recourse to existing laws.

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  1. alukome says:


    FG stops consolidation of varsities, others
    By Onyedi Ojiabor, Abuja

    Published: Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007

    The Federal Government has cancelled the consolidation of tertiary institutions initiated by the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.

    The policy of consolidation of tertiary institutions was a major plank of President Obasanjo’s education reform.

    The Minister of Education, Dr. Igwe Aja-Nwachuku, told newsmen after a visit to the Education Trust Fund, that the government had decided to "go back to status quo ante on consolidation of institutions."

    He did not, however, give further details on the cancellation of the policy.

    The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Ufot Ekaette, inaugurated the Presidential Committee on The Consolidation of Tertiary institutions on November 6, 2006.

    The committee, headed by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, with Prof. Ignatius Uvah, as secretary, was mandated to streamline all academic programmes with the minimum academic standards and advice on the programmes to be retained at non-degree level.

    It was also asked to determine, in conjunction with the universities, the arrangement for the completion of current programmes run by the polytechnics and colleges of education in respect of the continuing students.

    It was also mandated to recommend effective ways for the smooth conversion of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, and Kaduna Polytechnic into "city universities," including the type of programmes to run at degree and non-degree levels.

    Aja-Nwachuku also said that most of the education reform components would be reconsidered in the overall interest of the country and Nigerians.

    He said that they had decided to revert the Federal Scholarship Board from the ETF to the Federal Ministry of Education beginning from September 1.

    The minister said that the ETF Act did not cover the Federal Scholarship Board.

    Aja-Nawchuku explained that they decided to reconsider components of the education reforms "because most of them were done without due cognisance to necessary Acts."

  2. Dominic says:

    That’s one big problem we have: policy instability. you never know what’s going to happen. One day, you have one policy. The next day, you have a different policy. We should figure out a way to enthrone continuity, this kid of reversal makes no sense. The educational reforms made a whole lot of sense to me, and Mrs Ezekwesili should not have been allowed to leave in the first instance. I am at a loss as to what the government hopes to achieve by reverting back to the old status quo.

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