Nigeria has 104 unity secondary schools owned by the federal government.
The Federal Government has released much funds, increased supervision, and developed human capital in an effort to improve standards in the 104 unity colleges, an official said on Monday.
Lambert Oparah, the Special Assistant to the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He said the present administration placed premium on education as the engine of Nigeria’s economic and technological growth. He said the colleges established as centres of unity and excellence had, over the years, degenerated and hardly met minimum requirements.
“Much attention is currently being focused on the unity colleges by the Federal Ministry of Education in order to ensure that we surpass set standards.
“The funding and attention that this administration has given to these institutions in the past two years have translated to the various transformation programmes currently going on in them,” he said.
He said the administration was critical about the quality of service on the part of teachers and administrators.
Mr. Oparah said more than 300 administrators of unity colleges were recently subjected to a written examination aimed at ensuring that only the best hands would pilot the affairs of the colleges.
He gave the assurance that result of the examination would soon be released.
“The examination is aimed at ensuring standards; it is not for witch-hunting. It is just to ensure that they upgrade themselves and remain relevant in the system.
“In our quest to reposition the unity colleges, it is logical that we improve on the quality of our human capital.
“It is, therefore, important on our part to do the needful by ensuring that managers of our schools are constantly upgraded in order to get the best,” he said.
Mr. Oparah called on other stakeholders to join hands with the Federal Government in its quest to transform the entire education sector.
On the protracted university lecturers’ strike, Mr. Oparah said that the ministry was working hard to ensure that the lecturers and students would go back to classrooms as soon as possible.
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