STRIKES IN OUR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
Striking in our public institutions here in Uganda has lots of effects on students. Among those I have observed are:
First and foremost, in universities, striking affects the academic performance of students. Learning is suspended for prolonged periods, and the students are the primary losers. Even the knowledge acquired during the last learning period is forgotten by some students. They fall into some kind of entropy.
Strikes turn most students into certificate seekers other than knowledge. Furthermore, the shortened semesters is one major cause of producing half- baked graduates who are incompetent in their field of study and who show mediocrity in most if not all areas of their lives.
In addition, strikes distort the academic calendar and academic activities. Students who are supposed to do four years course program end up spending six to ten years in the school. This affects their plans.
Due to idling, the striking period also has the tendency of leading students into some social vices such as prostitution, and robbery to name but a few. Strikes render some students poor given the loss of property among others. Striking cause students financial burdens because they have to keep paying rent for hostels, regardless of the other monies paid for other things. Some students end up quitting school. Some students are exposed to serious injuries, and even death. Sometimes, police shoot students and treat them brutally.
I would rather that students be advised to use other mean of resolving issues other than striking. Striking should be the last resort in resolving grievances given its negative effects on students and the entire academic community. In addition, government should properly and adequately fund education. May be this could avert strikes in public universities both by students and lecturers.