Governor Ahmed Directs State Polytechnic To Reduce Tuition Fees
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has directed the management of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin to reduce tuition fees payable for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The new approved tuition fees are lower than the 2016/2017 fees.
Governor Ahmed’s approval is in line with the recommendations of the Committee set up to conduct an investigation into the tuition fees of the polytechnic. The committee, which is comprised of members of the House of Assembly and officials of relevant ministries, submitted its report on Wednesday, according to statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede.
With the approval, ND I indigenous students of the polytechnic will now pay N50,000 as against the N62,700 initially charged by the school management.
ND II students who are indigenes, will pay N38,000 against the N52,000 previously approved by the school management.
Also, indigenous HND 1 students will pay N55,500 as against the N69,200 initially approved by the management, while HND II students will pay N43,000 against the initially approved N58,500.
Similarly, Governor Ahmed also approved a reduction in the tuition fees to be paid by Part Time students of the institution, both indigenes and non-indigenes.
The governor also ordered the State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology to ensure implementation of the revised new school fees.
Part of the recommendations of the Committee is that the management of Kwara Polytechnic should take a critical look at its staff need with a view to rechanneling its savings to care of critical areas of academic staff requirement. Governor Ahmed thanked the Senate President, His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon, Dr. Ali Ahmad, members of the state house of assembly and other stakeholders in the state for their shared interest in affordable and accessible tertiary education in the state.
Governor Ahmed Directs SUBEB To Issue Outstanding Teachers’ Promotion Letters
The Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has directed the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to release all outstanding promotion letters to primary and junior secondary school teachers in the state.
Governor Ahmed, who gave the directive during a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Kwara State in his office on Wednesday, said the SUBEB chairman should immediately begin the release of letters to the affected workers at the basic education level in the state, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede
As part of efforts to resolve salary crises affecting SUBEB workers in the state, Governor Ahmed also announced his preparedness to consider a return to the tradition of making SUBEB a first line charge on local government allocation in order to prioritise teachers’ salaries.
Governor Ahmed stressed that this must however be implemented without hampering the capacity of local government councils to pay workers and pensioners.
While re-emphasising that the delayed salaries of basic education teachers and local government workers is due to the drop in federal allocation to local government councils in the state, Governor Ahmed informed the labour leaders that he is currently reviewing the cost of paying Junior Secondary school (JSS) teachers with a view to incorporating them into the State teaching service commission.
Alhaji Ahmed said whatever proportion of the JSS salary obligation is taken over by the state government will result in a reduction of the burden on local government councils and improving their capacity to pay teachers as well as local government workers and pensioners.
Governor Ahmed emphasised that the only long term solution to the issue of SUBEB teachers and local government workers’ salary arrears is an improvement in Internally Generated Revenue and the Federal Government’s take over of basic education funding.
On the issue of school infrastructure, Governor Ahmed said the state government will soon begin rehabilitation of all primary and junior secondary schools in the state as arrangements have been completed to pay the counterpart funding in order to access Universal Basic Education Commission grants for school infrastructure.
While reiterating that government is working on other strategies to address the teachers’ salary arrears, Governor Ahmed urged the teachers to shelve their proposed strike in the interest of their pupils and students.