Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Mr Aminu Suleiman, has tasked Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) to seek alternative ways of proffering solutions to the major challenges facing the system without disrupting academic calenders.
Suleiman disclosed this during the opening of a three-day All Stakeholders Summit on Repositioning the Colleges of Education for improved efficiency and effectiveness.
He challenged COEASU to assess the internal mechanism of the system saying that unions must not only hold the government accountable.
According to him, there should be other options to improve and sustain the education system without making the students as scapegoat for strike.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, represented by Mrs Rakiya Iliyasu, Director, Tertiary Education in the ministry said the conference was apt as it would deliberate on issues of governance, curriculum, alternative funding, and quality assurance of the COEs.
Adamu said the federal government had made several efforts at repositioning the sector for better service delivery through the advancement of research and development for teacher education.
Also, Mr Nuhu Ogrima, President of COEASU in an address stated that lecturers in the system were overworked saying that the system was at the lowest ebb.
He challenged participants on review and new strategies to address standard of service delivery.
He also queried governance system in COEASU and task provost on alternative funding for the sub-sector.
” There is need to restrategise toward sustainable solution to the problem the sub-sector is faced with.
” We need to look at the curriculum that will look at the need of respective community.
” We need to address our minds towards getting sustainable solution to the issues of funding, governance, research and development,” he said.