The truth is that for every action we take, there’s always a repercussion, be it good or bad. But in the case of the ASUP strike, it’s bad, really bad, because the 10 month old strike will have a huge impact, huge negative impact for the forthcoming 2014/2015 students.
Like we all know, the “Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics – ASUP” had embarked on an indefinite strike since October, 2013 to protest the failure of the Nigeria government to kick-start the re-negotiation of an agreement it signed with them in 2009, which was due in July 2012 (two years ago).
The Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics (ASUP) is demanding among things, the following:
* The implementation of CONTISS 15 Migration for the lower cadres in the polytechnics,
* The release of the White Paper on the visitations to federal polytechnics more than one year after the exercise, as well as the failure of the government to commence a Needs Assessment for polytechnics.
The union is also demanding an end to the HND/B.Sc dichotomy between Varsities and Polytechnics.
The current ongoing strike, which was embarked upon by the ASUP union has not yield any positive result and the strike which is over 10 months now have Erased both the first and second semester calender from students calendar.
Perhaps, if the strike is to be called off now, they’ll be writing the 2012 – 2013 semester examination, which of course, they never learned.
The question which all good Nigerians and the Dailyschoolnews Nigeria staff keep asking themselves is this;
* Will polytechnic admit student this year?
* When will the newly 2014/2015 admitted students commence academic activities?
* What will happen to the students that are admitted In 2013/2014 session?
* When will the Federal government and the lecturers resume dialogue?
* When will the federal government and ASUP leadership resolve the impasse by making compromises on both sides?
This are many questions begging for an answer, and there’s no help around.
Without much doubt, the 10 month old strike have it’s own Negative effect on returning student and prospective student.
The strike will create an unhealthy school calender and will also increase the year of study for the students, which will surely exhaust the students, who would be rushed to finish their academic calendar which is purely not their fault.
All candidate that will be offered admission will have to wait for many month before resumption will be effective.
Please note that the ASUP Union has been on strike since Friday, the 4th of October, 2013.
We just hope and pray that everything work out well for this beautiful country, Nigeria.
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