President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed displeasure over non-payment of teachers’ salaries by several state governments.
The president raised this issue when top officials and heads of parastatals of the Ministry of ‎Education briefed him on the activities and status of the ministry at the State House, Abuja.
The permanent secretary in the ministry, MacJohn ‎Nwaobiala‎ who led the delegation told State House correspondents afterwards that the president was not happy with the fact that some state governments owed teachers up to 12 month salaries.
The president also expressed worry over the rating of Nigerian universities among their peers around the world.
The officials, however, informed him that some of the ratings were misinterpreted ‎as the rating of Nigerian universities have actually been‎ improving.
Meanwhile, the ministry officials said their own priority was returning to school children displaced by terrorist activities in the country, while getting more children into school.
Nwaobiala ‎said after x-raying some other challenges before the Ministry, it was resolved that solutions be found in the context of the manifesto of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
He added that they shared these challenges with the president, saying that with a leader with focus and vision like Buhari, these challenges would be surmounted.
On the controversy over the cut-off marks for students taking the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, examination, Nwaobiala said the matter was being resolved as consultations are on to see where adjustments could be made.
He urged students who made the cut-off mark to in the meantime proceed to their universities of first and second choices to write the post-University Matriculation Examinations, UME.

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