The President, the Academic Staff Union of the Faculty of Education (COEASU), the Ekiadolor Chapter, Mr. Fred Omonuwa has alleged that no less than 30,000 students have been denied admission to the institution since its closure by the state government.
GISTOK remembers that the school was changed from College of Education, Ekiadolor, to Tayo Akpata University of Education, by the immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in 2015.
Omonuwa, who revealed this in Benin while speaking with some journalists, said the possibility of the school resuming the academic session next month in Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo state, as promised by the government.
He said that the institution, before its sudden closure, admitted no less than 5,000 to 6,000 students per academic session and that when the number is multiplied by the number of years it has been closed, it will amount to some 20,000 to 30,000 students who have been deprived of their legal possibilities of being admitted to school.
According to him, “many of the citizens of Edo, particularly the middle class, during the last four or five years have been deprived of primary education. We are looking at the region between 20,000 and 30,000.
“In 2015, when they stopped admitting students, we had between 5,000 and 6,000 students, we multiplied it by the number of years, many citizens of Edo have been deprived, and everyone is looking. Nobody is talking.
The president of COEASU said that the decision to take the College of Education to Abudu was not the right decision due to the lack of facilities.
“I do not think the government is ready, leaving politics aside, how can you think about taking a tertiary institution to a place where the most significant room can not hold up to a hundred people?
“Yes, they promised that it will be a system of several campuses, that Abudu can not take a department in the current education university, Ekiadolor, which of course we can say is inappropriate.”
On behalf of the president, a senior member of the Higher Staff Union of Colleges of Education (COLBEN), Mr. Ken Omoruyu said that the union had written several letters to the government requesting clarification on numerous issues that bordered on the state of the school.
“When we talk about status, we are talking about who we are? “We continue to be the university of education or the Tayo Akpata University of Education proposed, it was the school captured in the last tertiary enrollment examination of the University,” he concluded.