The Assembly gave this charge yesterday when its Committee on Education interacted with stakeholders from the education sector in compliance with the Assembly directive in a motion brought before the house by Rt. Hon. Mark Esset, Member Representing Nsit Atai State Constituency on the proliferation of Illegal tertiary institutions in Akwa Ibom State and for other connected purposes.
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Godwin Ekpo asserts that they are empowered by the standing order of the House to conduct an oversight function on the education sector and had frowned at the proliferation of illegal higher schools spread across the state, “the rate at which these institutions are churning out diplomas and certificates are alarming and must be checked” he enthused.
The committee pledged a joint effort with the Ministry of Education to ensure sanity returns to the sector.
The Leader of the House and member representing Oruk Anam State Constituency, Rt Hon (Sir) Udo Kierian Akpan who doubles as the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Education, charged the Ministry to double effort in weeding out these unpleasant development, according to him “there is no point operating a school that deceives our children and toying with their future” as other members present also called for stiffer sanctions on defaulters to restore confidence in the sector.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien, who appeared on the invitation of the committee reeled out basic requirements for establishing Tertiary Institutions in the state which includes among others.
1.Collection of Application forms
2. The application form must be completed in duplicate and submitted to the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Uyo, at least six months before the day on which the proposed school is to commence. The completed form will then be forwarded to the Honorable Commissioner for Education for necessary approval formalities.
3.Required attachments to application forms are,
(a) Photocopy of receipt of payments for the application form
(b) A survey plan showing the size of the plot on which the school will be cited.
(c) A site plan showing the location of the school building, the rooms and other facilities
(d) A detailed three year building plan indicating which building will be constructed in each year and the estimated cost of each building.
(e) Evidence of funds available for both capital and recurrent expenditure.
(f) Passport photograph of the proprietor (2 copies)
(g) Curriculum Vitae of the proprietor and the registrar
(h)Academic certificates of the proprietor and Registrar
(I) Certificate of registration of school name from Corporate Affairs Commission
(j) Photocopy of executed land agreements.
It must also be noted that the proposed school must not be operated on a rented apartment.
The application form not returned elapsed after a period of six months.
Intensive review /analysis of documents by experts from the ministry
Inspection of site and facilities
Issuance of letter of NO objection if the school meets the basic requirements as stipulated in the guidelines.
The Commissioner however stressed that the Ministry of Education does not give approval for the operation of Tertiary Institutions but that the letter of NO objection issued by the ministry is one of the requirements from the government regulatory bodies, NUC, NBTE, NCCE etc.
The Chairman assured that efforts are being intensified to ensure the rectification of these anomalies.
Members present were:
Hon Godwin Ekpo – Ibiono Ibom
Rt Hon Udo Kierian Akpan – Leader
Hon KufreAbasi Edidem – Itu
Hon Victor Ekwere – Mkpat Enin
Hon Otobong Bob – Nsit Ubium
Hon Charity Ido – Ukanafun
Hon Udeme Otong – Abak
Rt Hon Aniekan Uko -Ibesikpo Asutan
Rt Hon Effiong Bassey – Oron/Udung Uko