Education think tank, Africa Education Watch, has urged the government to shut down all public universities following the strike action by the University Teachers Association (UTAG).
The think tank wants the government to close down the schools until the university teachers call off their strike.
The education think tank in a statement indicated that, in view of the increasing social and economic cost of staying on campus with no academic activity, the absence of academic direction for freshers on campus, and the lack of an imminent negotiated settlement of the impasse, it will be in the best interest of students; freshers especially, and their families for the schools to be closed down.
“The strike was declared on January 10, 2022. Majority of students on campus are freshmen who have not even been matriculated. These freshmen have had no academic direction since they arrived in the universities to meet a university community without academic activity or supervision by their lecturers and counselors due to the strike. Their continuous stay on campus without academic activity has economic and social consequences on them and their families back home, as they continue to incur expenditure they otherwise wouldn’t have incurred if they were home.”
“On the labour front, five weeks of industrial action is yet to achieve any significant progress in negotiating a settlement to the impasse, ”it added.