Principal pledges to restore discipline, revitalise learning at FSTC
Says school’s workshops in comatose
A RECENT visit at Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC) Yaba, Lagos, revealed that the school is undergoing slight infrastructural and human transformation.
If only government and corporate bodies would liaise with the college, the new Director/Principal, Chris Ugoji, said the culture and excellence, which unity schools are known for, would be restored.
When The Guardian sought the view of Ugoji, who is also a Director at the Federal Ministry of Education, in his Yaba office, he said the school’s infrastructure was in a sorry state when he assumed duty, but for the intervention of Parents Teachers Association (PTA).
Worse among all are the school’s workshops, about 12 of them, which he said, are up to standard compared to those in tertiary institutions but lack electricity to power the machines.
According to Ugoji: “When I assumed duty, I didn’t like what I saw, there was total indiscipline among the students coupled with the issue of inappropriate dressing, such as flying of shirts and wearing of slippers. All these had been tackled heavily because they are not in the culture of unity schools.
“So, as a team, we agreed it cannot be business as usual. We decided to inform the PTA of our mission to restore discipline because where there is indiscipline, there would be chaos and where there is chaos, academic activities will suffer. Secondly, we discovered that some students are not paying school fees, and so we have introduced measures to ensure that students pay fees and every other thing and it’s been successful so far to the glory of God.”
He continued: “We have 12 workshops in FSTC Yaba that can compete favourably with any of the universities in the country. These workshops are used to service 19 trades, although they are very powerful, but electricity to power them is a major challenge. So, we are seeking for assistance/partnership to power these machines so that the workshops can be used to teach students and also to service the need of the country in technical and vocational education.”
Ugoji further stated that in the area of infrastructure, the PTA has helped in decking the female hostel and also installing CCTV in the college, which has helped to improve the security so far, adding: “They also assisted with classroom furniture, water, clinic, among others.”
However, in spite of these shortfalls, Ugoji hinted that the students’ academic prowess still gleams.
He said: “At the yearly general meeting of Federal Unity Colleges (FUC) held at Ilorin, the score card of FUC was made available and FSTC Yaba came overall second in the area of NABTEB. We also did exceptionally well in West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and National Examination Council (NECO).”
To achieve the objectives of the technical session of the school, he said: “All we need to do is revive the workshop and power the machines. We already have competent, qualified, seasoned, administrators and members of staff who can on their own head any school in this country. We need facilities as we lack adequate infrastructure needed to impart the right skills and knowledge in a science and technical school.”