ASUU on warning strike
The lecturers in our universities are back on the street necessitating the colleges to either shut down or simply leave students to be on their own without shepherds. The warning strike is to last two weeks, they say. From one administration to the other, it is struggle for improved funding and university autonomy. The government is insisting it must put them on its payroll. Whichever name is not known to the Ministry of Finance is not to be paid. I usually wonder: Is that the way it is in other countries? We are not the only country that has universities; how are they run elsewhere?
The mistake our government makes is to regard universities as extension of its parastatals. University teachers are not employees of the government. Until the government recognises that they are employees of their various councils, for so long are we going to have instability in our university education with consequent drop in the quality of the products. University means the universe in a city. It is an international community. We cannot therefore have universities which are different from what obtains elsewhere, Cambridge, Yale, Oxford or Harvard.
They should be beyond the reach, whims and caprices of governments. All matters should be returned to the councils and the government should discretely deal only with the councils. That is how it is in most countries.
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