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FG orders overhaul of Unity Schools

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The federal government has given a directive for the overhaul of all unity schools, otherwise known as Federal Government Colleges across Nigeria.

The permanent secretary of the federal ministry of education, Sunny Echono, said this during the monitoring of the 2019 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) in Abuja on Saturday.

The NCEE is an entrance examination into the unity schools.

Mr Echono said President Muhammadu Buhari gave the approval to the ministry of education to rehabilitate dilapidated structures and construct new classrooms in Unity Schools to accommodate more pupils.

“We are pleased that Mr President graciously approved that we should begin to rehabilitate many of these unity colleges,” he said.

According to him, there is a challenge of access to education in Nigeria. He said part of the schools’ intervention is to bring more children into the school system.

“We are improving our libraries, the laboratory and other amenities,” said Mr Echono.

“We are also recruiting additional teachers. Both the regularisation of PTA teachers and new equipment are ongoing.

“The minister of power, works and housing, too has come to our aid in Abuja, and he approved some interventions to rehabilitate classrooms in Abuja unity schools.”

Mr Echono was accompanied by the Acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana and other officials. They monitored the examination at Model Primary School, Maitama, and Government Day Secondary School, Wuse 2.

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