After the 10 months ASUU Strike
Nothing seems the same. I thought about going to classes. The feeling is foreign. I keep asking myself this question, “What exactly am I going to learn again?” After this 10 months ASUU strike, education doesn’t even seem the same. Is this education based on Nigeria’s standard?
I want to write my final exams and leave, but what about those who aren’t in their finals? What about those who are going to continue for 3years? What about those who are just starting? It’s sad that in this decade, we still have “important staff” going on strike.
People have moved on
Apart from the fact that this strike is the longest ASUU strike we’ve ever had, this strike happened within a pandemic. Last year was the most uncertain year ever. People’s incomes were cut short due to the pandemic and students couldn’t just sit at home for 10 months without an income. People went out, got jobs, started businesses and started projects.
Many students did not even want to resume school anymore. But we had the federal government announce the resumption of schools, and within the space of 2 weeks, begin to send out contradicting information about resumption, not caring about people who had plans—those who had moved on. Is this the point where we solely agree that the government doesn’t care about our education? Or do we assume that these people have accepted that Boko is haram?
But should strike still be the way?
I want to say that this is not me blaming the members of the ASUU, but I don’t think I will. Want to think like someone who is in Nigeria, but doesn’t have a Nigerian mindset. I want to say that “This is not done in sane countries” and then someone will tell me; “Oh, but we’re in Nigeria”. Must we always Nigerialize everything? The term “Nigeria” is now used to justify backwardness, low quality, unaccountability and corruption. When do we break from that shackle and begin to seek ways to deliberately move forward?
The moment we begin to speak up about the damage ASUU strike has on our educational system, we would take our first step. Why would you embark on a 10 months ASUU strike? Why would you refuse to teach millions of students for 10 months all in the name of unionism? (knowing how important the educational sector is to a country). Isn’t it time to review this “form of protest”? (especially since the members claim they have the best interests of students).
Can’t we seek other ways to protest? It’s more ridiculous when you understand that the government doesn’t respond to strikes anymore. It’s sad, actually. You threaten to stop teaching and the government doesn’t give a heck for 10 whole months. Wouldn’t it be unwise to embark on another strike?
Well, this is my short rant on the strike issue and trust me, it’s way more than this. I wish I could type more. I can’t go on about the events of this country because it will break my heart. But I’ll say this sincerely, the educational system needs saving.
Think about it; people don’t want to come back to school. Isn’t that catastrophic? People are already “educated”; they are already getting good jobs and earning good money without the “certificate”, so why should they want to come back? Especially when the learning environment is poor and draining?