I pen this article with utmost disgust towards the state higher learning in the country. Since last year January, the lecturer have downed their tools for at least three times.
This translates that students who were likely to graduate this year might spend another year walking around the school compound like an adult son who does not want to leave his native home village and settle somewhere else.
The public universities lecturers’ strike is now overdue and it is a worrying situation that should be addressed once and for all.
Since January last year the Dons have been on strike for one calendar year which translates to a whole academic year.
As much as primary and secondary education have had a lot of emphasize being put upon by the government and the taxpayers, the plight of university students needs to be addressed.
University students are on their final stages of contributing to the income tax that the country needs so much in laying infrastructure and paying of foreign debts that have been a matter of national concern. Delaying the graduation of students by over one year is not only putting a strain to the affected students and parents but also to the country as a whole.
The prolonged strikes could likely create a scenario where university halls are overcrowded as a result a backlog of students who are yet to complete their studies.
The strike is also putting the public universities in bad light as parents may shy away from these institutions and therefore popularizing private institutions where the quality of education offered is always under public scrutiny.
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All the agencies involved need to address the issues affecting the all 22 public universities which have over 100,00 youths who are looking forward to seek employment, start businesses upon completion of higher education.
Most Employers are after fully trained graduates who will not be an expense through training upon employment. Recently students sat for their end of semester exams on February after only being in class for only a month, only for the strike to resume again upon the completion of examination.
This shows how the quality of university education has been watered down by the frequent strikes and poor running of the universities. Soon we might have a crop of half-baked engineers, doctors, teachers and other professionals which will in return bring chaos in almost every industry across our growing economy.
Universities also offer a great avenue for innovative ideas and also a room for research in various fields of the economy. Therefore we are looking a generation of youths who might not utilize their great potential in solving problems that are currently a challenge to the society.
By addressing these issues, the government will have solved looming social issues like insecurity, drug abuse and an upsurge of unemployment which is likely to be felt a few years from now.
Let us bring back the lost glory of the university education.
Parting shot: A university student who enrolled to a public university for a degree course in early 2015 might graduate on August 2019,his counterpart in a public university is done with classwork and will graduate sometimes this year! what a country we live in.
By Victor Von Njagi