ASUU Strikes Causing Setback To Education – Students

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By; RACHAEL SAMSON, Kaduna

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), has caused setback to Nigerian students in the areas of their academic pursue hence most students have a brighter future.

It would be recalled that ASUU started its strike on February 14, 2022 and JAC commenced it’s own on April 14, 2022.

The unions embarked on industrial action while demanding improved welfare packages, better  working condition and the implementation of various labour agreements signed with the federal government between 2009 and 2020.

ASUU strikes have done more harm than good on the education sector of the students, bearing most of the accruing costs from the occurrences. 

As a result of the regular strikes, most students  resort to venturing into town for opportunities to earn stipends. 

Some of them end up securing employment with big organizations. 

This  situation makes education less interesting and sets them in a tight corner when classes resume from the industrial  action.

The painful part of the strike is that the impact is still  felt among  universities and the school calendar changes, which  does not favour students.

Some students who were interviewed expressed  disappointment, saying it is for no fault  of theirs, but that they are the ones being punished. 

A student  of Lagos State University  (LASU), Grace Joseph wondered  what exactly is stopping the government from honoring agreement with ASUU.

She said that,  “they have been meeting for a very long time but still  the ASUU issue has not been settled. It’s really affecting us, the students. It’s not fair on us”.

For Hauwa Karaye, a 300 level student of public administration, the strike is not supposed to hold.

She said, “my point is that the students are not to be blamed, they have paid  for the service through the payment  of their school fees, so ASUU should find an alternative means  of getting  the government to do the needful”.

According to her,   students  are made to spend too much time in school due to strike actions and when they  finally  graduate, age is not on their side and employers reject  them over age for job positions, strike is not a way forward  in our tertiary institutions. 

On the part of  parents, Mrs Joy Anthony said it is  unfortunate  that the issue  between ASUU and government has lingered for so long and there appears to be no solution  anywhere soon.

She said in other countries, this would have been  sorted  out long ago because most nations  do not play  with the education of their populace, but Nigeria is a country where evil thrives because some few individuals stand to benefit.

She expressed  fears that many students may derail when they stay idle for long.

Mrs  Anthony said that it is the poor masses that have children in public schools and cannot afford private ones or those abroad that are suffering. 

Umar Abdullahi Suleman, a 500 level student of pharmacy at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, said the strike has affected his mental  health in some ways, particularly by inducing anxiety  of whether the academic activities will resume  or not and when.

He said, “there has been that anxiety of when we are going  to resume, if we are even going to resume, because I want to graduate on time to be able to apply  for jobs that come with age limits. Also, many other plans such as marriage,   keep getting disrupted.

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