The Southwest Zone of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) has scored the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, low on the efficiency of Unity Schools in the country.
The association in a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital last weekend, accused the minister of poor handling of the strike by academic staff of the schools in Southwest which it said has crippled academic activities and prevents the school children from their parents while they idle in their various school premises.
The communiqué, which was signed by the Zonal Chairman, Mr Adebayo Olayide, read in part: “The meeting, however, scored the Ministry of Education under Mallam Adamu Adamu, very low especially as regards the way it handled academic activities that have been crippled with the strike action embarked upon by the teaching staff of some unity colleges in the Southwest in the last six weeks.
“The forum noticed with dismay the non-challant attitude of the Federal Ministry of Education towards the strike embarked upon by Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN). The forum is particularly worried that our children in their teens are kept in school without doing anything and the ministry refused to release them to their parents, not minding the psychological effects of the present ugly situation on these innocent children.
“The forum hereby appeals to the Federal Ministry of Education to resolve the issues with the striking teachers, so that the future of our children will not be jeopardised.”
The parents also expressed worry that the ministry was not doing enough on the absorption of PTA teachers into permanent positions most of who have been on PTA job in the last 10 years.