Ebonyi State Collage Students kick against sack of 83 lecturers

Students of the Ebonyi State College of
Education at Ikwo have decried the decision of
the state » governor Governor Dave Umahi to
dismiss 83 lecturers of the institution.
The lecturers were reportedly disengaged,
following the governor’s directive when he
received the report of a committee set up to
investigate the institution’s administration, which
was said to have uncovered irregularities in the
school.
Speaking to TheNation , some of the students
said that the sack of the lecturers might cause
over six departments of the school to be shut
down by the National Commission for Colleges of
Education (NCCE).
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A final year student in the Department of
Primary Education, Miss Ifeoma Obinwa,
regretted that the department was left with five
lecturers while the minimum requirement for the
department was eight lecturers.
She said: “ The governor’s directive, which led to
the sack of the lecturers, does not just affect the
lecturers. The students and parents, who have their
wards in the affected departments, are the most hit
because when the departments are shutdown, we
have no other option than to either start looking for
admission in other tertiary institution, as Year One
students, or we would turn out as dropouts.
“That’s not all. The money our parents have spent
from our first year to our final year would now be
fruitless. How many of them would survive the
shock of getting to hear that their children, who
were in their final year, have become dropouts for
no fault of theirs?
“Even if a department meets up with the required
eight lecturers, the school’s prerequisite to
establishing the Primary Education Department is
now left with only one teacher. This would
automatically mean a shutdown by NCCE.”

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