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Why ASUU strike shouldn’t be the last option -Parents

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.The only language government understands is strike
.We are at the receiving end— students

By Elizabeth Uwandu

Three weeks running and still counting, stakeholders have lamented the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the failure of the Federal Government to implement the agreement it entered with it.  While some stakeholders are in full support of the strike, many want  ASUU  to  seek  alternatives in driving home their demands. On the other hand, students whose  education has been disrupted as a result are calling on  the Federal Government and ASUU to settle whatever needed to be settled and call off the strike.

Speaking on the proclivity of  ASUU to embark on strikes, Mrs Helen Essien said the strike was a ploy  to hamper the education of the poor. “This ASUU strike is meaningless and hurts the wrong target. The politicians’ children are either schooling abroad or settled in private universities all over  Nigeria. Of what use is it disrupting the academics of the children of the same people you seek to fight for?”

ASUU strike

ASUU strike

Mrs Essien, a legal practitioner added ” Have their strikes ever yielded anything for the students apart from payment of some backlog of  lecturers’ emoluments? Let’s be truthful, is anything worth disrupting the children’s school calendar at every turn of events? No one is answering. ASUU and NUPENG are becoming birds of a feather with regard to strikes. Teachers and learners and parents who bear the burden of extra year school fees, also matter. Strike should be the  last option not a first option. If this strike lasts 6 months, tell us the effect on our children. That’s the cost.”

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Corroborating Mrs Essien’s  concerns,  Mr  Oruebor Amaechi noted that ” For  using strike to drive home their demands, it’s either   ASUU  lacks common sense or they choose to derail  even their own children’s future. Few of them can even afford tuition fees of  Nigerian private universities  and   few  can  afford sending their children abroad for studies, so in the end the effect of their struggle is on their own children. They should adopt another means”.

According to  Ogunse Adeyemo, ”It’s a needless strike action. Check their antecedents in the past twenty years or thereabout. It has always been to achieve their personal benefits and improve their well being. There is little or no difference between them and  politicians. They should reconsider their approach. Strike is not popular anymore”.

Mr Solomon wondered ” Of what importance is a school calendar without necessary teaching/learning facilities? Of what importance is a school calendar if teachers who will teach or operate the calendar are not paid? Why do we make it look as if it is only the learners that matter in a school system? Blame the government not the teachers. Refusing to pay lecturers, refusing to provide them with essential tools to teach with and yet asking them not to demand for those things by  legal means is just like beating a child and asking the child not to cry. Its simply wickedness.

”Are you aware that our tertiary institutions could  have become so terrible, if not for  more  funding  for infrastructural improvement  from  Education Tax Fund (ETF)? This was a brainchild of ASUU and effected by government through struggle. Through it some people have been able to go for postgraduate trainings at foreign universities. The masses out there are tired of your strikes and I daresay bored. ASUU needs to convince us that this time around this strike will be the ultimate solution’, another respondent said.’

On his part, Mr Gabriel Dedeke explained ”I know there is apathy towards academia anytime they go on strike but let me tell you one of the things that ASUU struggles have achieved. It has prevented the government from suddenly jerking up school fees in our public universities. If not for  ASUU, state governments who own state universities could  have charged N400,000  plus and the Federal  Government  would  have eventually done the same thing. That is what resulted in this strike, because someone in the government negotiating team, insisted that students in government universities will have to pay higher school fees which ASUU resisted .

”If this fight is not to the benefit of students and their parents, then I don’t know which will be and what is the cost of doing nothing? Why do you think they will not succeed in preventing the hike? Are you saying ASUU should sit down and look until public universities become as costly as the private ones? In fact, it is because ASUU didn’t  sidon look, that a lot of people can still send  their children  to the university”,  he said.

Source:

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/12/why-asuu-strike-shouldnt-be-the-last-option-parents/

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