Asuu Strike And The Negative Impacts On Nigerian Tertiary Education

A brief article about ASUU strike and the negative impacts it has been having on Nigerian students.

ASUU strike is no longer news or a new thing to the eyes of Nigerian university students. Even aspiring students aren't left out. The Academic Staff Union of Universities is a union formed for Nigerian university academic staff in the year 1978, and ever since then, they have embarked on strikes almost every year.

Recent studies show that the reason for ASUU going on strike is due to the failure of the Federal Government (FG) to fulfill an agreement they both reached in 2009 on how to save Nigerian universities from collapsing. To be precise, ASUU has gone on strike 16 times. Below is the history of the number of times ASUU has gone on strike.

History of ASUU Strike:

  • 1999 – 5 months
  • 2001 – 3 months
  • 2002 – 2 weeks
  • 2003 – 6 months (ended in 2004)
  • 2005 – 3 days
  • 2006 – 1 week
  • 2007 – 3 months
  • 2008 – Two 1-week warning strikes
  • 2009 – 4 months
  • 2010 – 5 months, 1 week
  • 2011 – 3 months (ended in 2012)
  • 2013 – 5 months, 13 days
  • 2016 – 1-week warning strike
  • 2017 – 1 month, 6 days
  • 2018 – 3 months and 11 days (ended in 2019)
  • 2020 – 9 months and 14 days
  • 2022 - 4 months and counting

When you put these figures together, you will get a total of 4 years and 269 days. This addition is the number of years one must pass through before being called a proper graduate. Mathematically, for one to graduate these days, it has to be four years + x or five years + X for some courses like electrical engineering or soil science. (Where x is greater than 0) One of the prayer points of most Nigerian students is for ASUU not to go on strike to graduate as soon as possible quickly. There is a saying that everything that has an advantage also has a disadvantage.

In this case, ASUU has done more good than bad. ASUU strike has had more impact(negative) on Nigerian tertiary education.

The negative impacts of the ASUU strike on Nigerian Tertiary education include:

1. Lack of Interest in Nigeria's Education system: as it stands, many students and their parents are beginning to lose interest in the Nigerian education system. Those who can afford quality education outside the country or in private schools are already making a move. This is one reason why some individuals have promised not to send their wards or children to a federal school.

2. Increase in crime and other social vices: ASUU strike has caused some students to go into crime, immorality, and engage in other social vices. Some have seen time as the perfect opportunity to involve their selves in cultism and hooliganism. Remember that there is a saying that an idea mind is the devil's workshop. A student that is not engaged in moral acting and doing will surely give heed to the devil's calling.

3. Loss of Interest in returning to school: many students have secured good jobs and businesses this period and do not what the ASUU strike to be called off. The rate at which they are generating income cannot be compared to the one they were getting from their parent when they were in school. When you ask some of them, they will say that if the strike is called off, they are not sure of getting these jobs after school.

4. Drop-in Academic Performance: Recent studies have shown that there is always a drop in students' performance after every ASUU strike. After exams, students' GP drops as a result of not reading and preparing during the strike. They also tend to forget the key points from lectures due to the long wait between lectures and examinations.

5. Hardship on both students and parents: As a result of the strike, parents are going under the stress of providing for their children and wards. Some parents may not be able to provide, and this will result in students with no source of income suffering the part of the semester if the strike is finally called off.


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