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Tension Rises In Varsities As ASUU Threatens Strike in 2017

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned that the nation’s university sector may soon be thrown into crisis if the federal government fails to begin the total implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG agreement, especially the NEEDS assessment agreement.


The union also urged the federal government to reverse the ban on post-UTME and the granting to JAMB exclusive rights to admit students to tertiary institutions.

ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi while addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, urged Nigerians to intervene to fore-fend a looming crisis in the university system.

He said, “The cancellation of Post-UTME, to us, portends serious danger for the quality of education in this country. The argument of the federal government on the policy is unacceptable and potentially harmful to the future of Nigeria’s education system.

“We call on government to rescind its decision and convene a genuine stakeholders meeting on the issue before making any policy.”

He said since the introduction of the Post-UTME, there has been considerable improvement in the quality of students admitted into the universities as evident in the declining drop-out rate.

by Oshundairo Hafeez

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