Nigerian Govt Reverts Decision To Upgrade Colleges Of Education To Universities

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The Federal Government has regressed its decision to upgrade some colleges of education to universities of education. The Punch report.

Consequently the provosts of the affected institutions have been directed to resume in their offices immediately.

Recall, the Federal Government had earlier approved the upgrade of Federal College of Education, Kano; Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo; Federal College of Education, Zaria; Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri to universities of education.

There was agitation bordering on the same issue last week.

The agitators were members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities. Their mission was similar: the protesters were kicking against the Federal Government’s alleged plan to reverse the upgrading of the institutions.

The former President Goodluck Jonathan, at the twilight of his administration, had upgraded these colleges of education to universities.

Curiously, till date, there has not been a statement from any government quarters confirming or denying the move. From the National Universities Commission, the body statutorily saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the nation’s universities and the Federal Ministry of Education, mum is the word on their lips.



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