Nigeria’s Incessant Academics Strikes & its dangerous effect

Photo Above: Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) protesting in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria in September this yearJulia Cameron, an American teacher and author, is quoted as having said that “growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back.” As odd as that may sound, I wish it were the case in the Nigerian educational system but, sadly, growth in that sector seems one step forward, two steps back. It takes a calculated, suicidal plan for any government to neglect its educational system. Only stark mental blindness can lead the leadership of any country to think that there can be growth where the educational system is left to rot. Worse still is the mindset of any leader who sees the academics’ concern as a power tussle moment where nothing else matters than getting the entire NUT to accept at all cost his periods in all matter without as much as being human. The goings-on in our educational system where a four-year course sees a student through seven years before graduation is the worst mistake that the government has repeatedly been making.

The several excuses from the ministry of education and the leadership of Nigeria as to why teachers’ strike actions have gone on for years without a reasonable solution are all flimsy, white-washed, and a display of inefficiency and nepotism that have ravaged the entire leadership. As terrible and unbearable as the lack of good roads, electricity, and water supply in Nigeria are, the traditional strike actions in our schools is far worse than anything imaginable. There can be no separation between growth and education and one of the best ways to rate the growth of any country is by finding out how qualitative and constant its educational system is. The discovery of fuel in Nigeria has so far done nothing for Nigerians than created a fool’s paradise for those in power, and so the race has left everything else to focus on how to get into power

The death of any country’s educational system is the absolute death of that country and the inability of our leaders to have been convinced about this truth beyond all doubt is an international display of our leaders’ ignorance in leadership. How can we hope to combat crime in the society when the few that can barely afford to be in school are not even allowed to learn something else beside common crime? How do we ever hope to make our nation inhabitable when we have refused to let our youths be who they are? How can the police and the judiciary pass judgment of condemnation on students who have been forced out of their classes into the streets and into crime by the very people who are spearheading their condemnation? How can any leader but an impostor fail to see that these incessant strike actions in our schools are the sharpest tools in carving out a state of crime?

It takes only a myopic leader or an enemy of the state who is in power not to see that the culmination of these mistreatment of our youths in different schools across the country will produce only one thing: rebellion against the authority. The generational consequence of abandoning our educational system by our government is war and its aftermath. No country in the western world or in other parts of the world can contain the rage of its students if what happens in Nigeria repeats itself there.

The most laughable step that most of our leaders have taken towards saving themselves from the consequences of their deliberate decisions against our home schools is the idea of sending their children abroad to study in the best schools in the world and wasting our national resources on the host countries through their children while those at home pay for education they do not receive and are expected to be happy about it

This step by our leaders shows that Nigeria has never been a country to them but only a ripe plantation where only the strong gets to reap all. The result of this plot will yield a far painful fruits for those leaders involved in tearing our national resources to shreds. The call today goes to all leaders in our country who are responsible for what happens in our educational system: remember that education is the greatest weapon against poverty, crime and chaos. Get the necessary authorities involved in settling these ever-increasing disputes between the government and the Nigerian teachers in order to bring our youths out from the wrong places and back into their classrooms. The problem is not with the teachers but with the government not leading rightly.

We can’t afford, as a nation, to make fun of our teachers or our educational system-it’s about the only way to get us out of this self-dug pit of lawlessness in a lawful country. We have had several foreign workers in our oil sector and other sectors for decades because we have refused to train our own people. No leader, no candidate is worth electing who does not put our educational system at the forefront of his/her priority list. No leader who has been in office before is worth re-electing who did not achieve uninterrupted education in his/her area of governance. We as a country have suffered through years with the consequences of constantly interrupted power supply, we may not live as a country to tell the story of the results of neglecting our educational system. Its generational interpretation will be a dissolved Nigeria.

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