SIR: The Nigerian Educational System has dealt with most students treacherously. My own ordeal started from year 2002. I was admitted into the Department of Business Administration and Management, Faculty of Management Science, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. I quitted the programme due to inconsistency as a result of incessant academic strike. I opted for a fresh undergraduate degree programme in another tertiary institution in Nigeria since I have tried schooling abroad, but no option for sponsorship.
Now at Yaba College of Technology, I obtained a part-time studies form for my National Diploma in February 2005 for a six semester, two years programme. The session began in November 2006, but I graduated in August 2010.
You will indeed be surprised that it took me more than four years for a National Diploma programme of two years. I left Lagos State University because of academic strike and met samething at Yaba College of Technology.
As soon as the first session was concluded in February 2008, the school went on an indefinite strike that lasted for more than 10 months. The Students Union Government dragged the college management to court. The whole issue was however resolved in October/November, 2008.
Meanwhile, I obtained my Higher National Diploma form in July 2011. I was admitted into the programme for a two years programme in the School of Management and Business Studies, Yaba College of Technology. The first session went on well without any issue. We resumed for thesecond session. The first semester examination was written amid several speculations that there was going to be academic strike by the Seniors Staff of Yaba College of Technology. This was so evident, as the invigilators that came to each examination halls were junior staff of the college.
Immediately the examination was concluded, the college management asked all students to vacate the hostels of residence.
I was recently made to understand that the same issue that the staff at Yaba Tech agitated for in year 2008 was still the same reason they went on strike. I was informed that the Federal Government hearkened to the plight and agitation of these lecturers and non-academic staff in year 2008. The college management refused to pay the lecturers and non-academic staff and this resorted into another academic strike.
The strike action had been on for more than one month now. I am a final year student (HND2) with less than four months to graduate. For how long will the strike last? The memorandum released by the college management captioned: Resumption, Postponed Indefinitely! Who is going to save our future?
The few available jobs in the labour market demands for age bracket of 24 to 26 years. Most of us are 30 years and over before graduating. How do we survive these time wasting strike actions?
This is an appeal to the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, and other stakeholders in the sector to come to our aid and save our future!
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