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WHY STUDENTS SUFFER MORE DURING ASUU STRIKE

Discussion in 'Education' started by Abah Moses, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. Abah Moses

    Abah Moses Jr.Vip Jr.Vip

    OBIORA OKEKE: WHY STUDENTS SUFFER
    MORE DURING ASUU STRIKE
    Tertiary institutions in Nigeria have witnessed
    in recent time incessant closures due to
    industrial strike actions. The effect of these
    repeated closures of schools and academic
    programs on students learning effectiveness
    can better be imagined than described.
    Tertiary education in Nigeria has thus suffered
    tremendous setbacks as a result of industrial
    actions by both the academic (ASUU), the non
    academic staffs and other labour unions.
    The Academic Staff Union of Universities is a
    Nigerian union of university academic staff,
    founded in 1978. ASUU succeeded the
    Nigerian Association of University Teachers
    formed in 1965 and covering academic staff in
    all of the Federal and State Universities in the
    Nation.
    The union have been active in struggles
    against the Government since 1980s in order
    obtain fair wages and university autonomy
    which has led to series of strike actions that
    has crumbled the Tertiary Education System.
    The Academic Staff Union of Universities
    (ASUU) on Sunday 4th November,2018
    commenced another indifinite strike over the
    failure of the government to fully implement
    the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement, the 2013
    Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and
    other necessities.
    This disagreement between government and
    the academic unions which has brought a halt
    to academic activities in most Nigerian Public
    Universities, often result in deadlock that
    usually tells hard mostly on student.
    Students are subjected to pitiable conditions
    which has destroyed certain things.
    The Strike action has actually resulted to
    disruption of academic programs. When
    learning is suspended for a period of time,
    there's tendency of loosing interest as many
    students desire certificates today other than
    knowledge. It has been proven that students
    perform less in examinations after returning
    from a strike period. Most student do not read
    during strike periods, while others tend to
    forget key points from lectures as a result of
    the long wait between lectures and
    examinations.
    Many students have actually received
    undeserved extension in their study years as a
    result of disruption in the academic calendar.
    During strike actions, the academic calendar
    will be altered because certain things will be
    on hold. This will result to an extension which
    will only tell hard of the students as many
    ends up studying 4 years program for 5 - 6
    years.
    Lost of concentration on academic programs
    is a vital effect of strike actions. Most
    students have secured jobs or other means of
    generating money and does not wish the
    strike to be called off soon. This has made
    them loose interest and concentration in
    academic program thereby resulting to an
    increase in dropout rate which is very harmful
    to the economy.
    Despite the poor research and innovation
    capability of Nigerian universities, incessant
    strike will continue to jeopardise the research
    they are undertaking. The kind of research and
    development activities that can put Nigeria in
    the league of developed nation cannot take
    place in a disruptive environment like the one
    we are currently witnessing in our universities.
    Consequently, students academic performance
    has comparatively become so low while
    various forms of examination malpractice are
    on the increase.
    It is said that "an Idle man is the Devil's
    Workshop". Strike actions also has the
    tendency of leading students into some social
    vices like robbery, prostitution, oil bunkering
    etc.
    As an old African proverb states: “When two
    elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers
    most." The same is applicable here. While
    ASUU and FG fight in disagreement, the effects
    tells hard on students.
    My Recommendation:
    - Re-evaluation of the education sector.
    - Factors that often lead to strike actions
    should be addressed.
    - The third man should always be considered
    while making drastic decision such as
    embarking on strike.
    - Education should be properly and
    adequately funded to encourage effective
    research and to avoid brain drain.
    - Government shouldn't dishonour any
    agreement reached with any union.
    - Some strike actions should be averted as
    room for renegotiation should be welcomed.
    If all these recommendations and many more
    are considered, then there'll a reduction in
    strike rate in the country.
    I therefore appeal to ASUU and Federal
    Government to see reasons in speeding up
    actions in resolving and implementing of the
    MoU and joint agreement between them to
    rescue the nation’s educational system.
    Thank You.
    Obiora Okeke
    Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,
    Umudike
    Tuesday 13th November, 2018.
     

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