This article was sent to schoolwatch.com.ng by Andrew, a Student of Yaba College Of Technology, Yabatech
Have you any graduate of the wild who never saw the ugly face of strike? He perhaps did not perverse the Nigerian public campus where endless academic recess untold hits hard on hapless us.
This writer however, shudders in unspoken tears by the zero empathy showed by the society towards the resolution of the lingering Academic staff union of polytechnics,ASUP strike.
Over 9 months,polytechnics campuses remained shut and the crucial voices of the society are cracked. The voices that screamed ASUU and the federal government of Nigeria out their deadlock are now lost because it has to do with the issues of polytechnics.
Where are the christian and muslim leaders that pleaded that the government and Academic staff union of university,Asuu should shift ground so that the students could go back to school?
What is the national student union,NANS doing on this issue? Is the Nigerian labour congress,NLC which flexed its muscle during that of Asuu now sleeping? what happened to those prominent Nigerians and media houses who awash our socia space with the strike updates,measures to be put in places to revitalize the ailing university education?
Let us spare ASUP of the easy blame,the selfishness of our society bewilders shame. We live in a society where the freed enjoy watching the captive perish in slavish chains. It is now more obvious that the discrimination that bites the poly graduate at the labour market is having a field day at every crucial appendage of our social bedrock. Hence,hope falters in the heart of the polytechnic student.
If polytechnic education is not important to us as we claim,lets create a scenereo where it is scrapped: 128 universities will have to struggle against the overwelming pressure of Nigerian students seeking admission yearly. Trust me,we are up for a social quandary. More students would be left outside school to their own devices and social vices will run amok.Hence,the need to upgrade poly campuses.
What good serves the varsities right is deserving of the polytechnics and even colleges of education alike as they serve different purposes for progress articulation via enlightenemeot and technical strength. If you wish to learn to watch and compile the wins and woes of films,go to the University.And if you want to learn to make up a good movie,find your way to the polytechnic.That is how education is ordered.
The government must stop trivializing the issues of polytechnics if it wishes to transform Nigeria.
And for the society,the hope of the poly student dangles at a spot under your watch. The tears and fears of what tomorrow has for these students you treat with contempt must be doused by your unpretentious acts of empathy to promote progress in diversity and not dichotomy.In case you need to know,these idle students are becoming handy tools for political sabotage.Save Nigeria. God save Nigeria!
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