ASUSS implores Ogun govt to allow PTA levy in schools

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The state chairman Academic Staff Union of Secondary School (ASUSS),Comr Akeen Lasisi has implored Ogun State Government led by His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun to consider restoring PTA levies in secondary schools, added that it is going to spur parents to desist from nonchalant attitude towards the education of their children.
Lasisi said members of PTA would put school management on their toes as they would not allow their monies to be useless; they will attend to leaking roofs in time, cooperating with the school authority to maintain discipline and employing teachers where there are no teachers in some subjects.
He explained that as a result of the free educational policy of the previous administration, PTA is no longer involved in the running of the school, no teachers in the school, schools are no longer funded, indiscipline is on the rise, teachers as well as parents are complaining.
Illustrating, Lasisi said, “against the UNESCO policy of 35 and 40 students in senior and junior classes respectively to a teacher, a teacher is now teaching more than 150 students in a class. And it will not improve unless the new governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, walk his talk because teachers continue to transfer their services to other parastatals, they continue to die naturally, they retire from the service and since eight years ago, there is no replacement for them.
“We are of the opinion that PTA has a major role to play in the educational development of our children. When you look at our schools, those schools where PTA members are very sound, there is less problem in those schools because the PTA would be cooperating with the school authority to maintain discipline, to employ teachers where there are no teachers in some subjects.
“We have witnessed in the past where PTA employed more than 50% of the teachers in a school. But now PTA cannot do that again because PTA levy has become optional. We are saying government should make PTA levy compulsory as much as parents do buy recharge card, all parents should be able to pay ₦1,000 per term. However, free education is the best if government makes it their area of special interest.
“No sane person will object free education as much government is determine to run it optimally, it is a matter of priority though if not for free education some of us might not be here today, infact the whole of Western Region will not be ahead of other regions today.
“I was one of the beneficiaries of free education policy by late Olabisi Onabanjo in the early eighties. We knew what we enjoyed; furniture in the school, textbooks for pupils, and adequate teachers in the classrooms unlike what is obtainable now” ASUSS implores Ogun govt to allow PTA levy in schools

Suggesting ways to restore the glory of standard education system in Ogun State, the ASUSS State Chairman, Comr Akeen Lasisi, has implored Ogun State Government led by His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun to consider restoring PTA levies in secondary schools, added that it is going to spur parents to desist from nonchalant attitude towards the education of their children.
Lasisi said members of PTA would put school management on their toes as they would not allow their monies to be useless; they will attend to leaking roofs in time, cooperating with the school authority to maintain discipline and employing teachers where there are no teachers in some subjects.
He explained that as a result of the free educational policy of the previous administration, PTA is no longer involved in the running of the school, no teachers in the school, schools are no longer funded, indiscipline is on the rise, teachers as well as parents are complaining.
Illustrating, Lasisi said, “against the UNESCO policy of 35 and 40 students in senior and junior classes respectively to a teacher, a teacher is now teaching more than 150 students in a class. And it will not improve unless the new governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, walk his talk because teachers continue to transfer their services to other parastals, they continue to die naturally, they retire from the service and since eight years ago, there is no replacement for them.
“We are of the opinion that PTA has a major role to play in the educational development of our children. When you look at our schools, those schools where PTA members are very sound, there is less problem in those schools because the PTA would be cooperating with the school authority to maintain discipline, to employ teachers where there are no teachers in some subjects.
“We have witnessed in the past where PTA employed more than 50% of the teachers in a school. But now PTA cannot do that again because PTA levy has become optional. We are saying government should make PTA levy compulsory as much as parents do buy recharge card, all parents should be able to pay ₦1,000 per term. However, free education is the best if government makes it their area of special interest.
“No sane person will object free education as much government is determine to run it optimally, it is a matter of priority afterall if not for free education some of us might not be here today infact the whole of Western Region will not be ahead of other regions today.
“I was one of the beneficiaries of free education policy by late Olabisi Onabanjo in the early eighties. We knew what we enjoyed; furniture in the school, textbooks for pupils, and adequate teachers in the classrooms unlike what is obtainable now”.”As stakeholders in the education sector, it is our responsibility to provide the learners with opportunities to acquire necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for the development of the nation. In doing this, it is intended to develop learner’s skills and capacities in Information and Communication Technology(ICT).

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