INCESSANT STRIKE ACTION IN THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND IMPACT ON ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES (A CASE STUDY OF DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY)
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The Academics Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was formed in 1978 as an umbrella body for the academic staff members of universities to serve as a channel for dialogue and making their requests and grievances to the management of universities and the government. ASUU has constituted a force in recent times. However, many of ASSU's requests have not been fully met which as a result has on many occasions prompted the body to embark on strike. (Umagbalasi, 2013). This strike action has always led to negative effects on the student’s academic performance. The concept of the strike is viewed as the stoppage of work which is the result of the mass refusal of employees to work, as a reaction to employee grievances. Strikes are used to impose pressure on the government to provide infrastructure, improve the working condition of workers and change policies (Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review, 2015). The remote causes of the strike usually centre on unfavourable working conditions of workers and poor policies which do not enhance the effective execution of job functions of the lecturers. Evidence shows that many ASSU strikes do not yield government full intervention and implementation of agreed terms. The study seeks to appraise incessant strike action in tertiary institutions and its impact on academic activities. A case study of Delta state university.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The strike embarked upon by ASSUU is usually based on reasons to improve working conditions and university infrastructures. However, not many of these requests are normally granted. Consequently, the ASUU strike leads to the disruption of academic activities which deprives the students of the right to learning and advancement over a protracted period of time. As a result, the various campuses are shut down for academic activities. The resultant effects are that many students abandon their studies and engage in unproductive activities such as sexual immorality, cyber scam, pool betting, playing video games, gossiping, watching films and reading comic materials for entertainment purposes rather than reading the school notes. These may affect their academic performance.
According to Arukaino (2013), when students idle about it leads to security the problems. Odubela (2012) also stated that ASSUU strike leads to disappointment, frustration, emotional and psychological trauma on the part of students and parents as well. The problem confronting the study is to appraise the incessant strike action in the tertiary institutions and impact on academic activities. A case study of Delta state university.
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The Main Objective of the study is to appraise the incessant strike action in the tertiary institutions and impact on academic activities. A case study of Delta state university; The specific objectives include:
i. To determine the impact of incessant strikes on academic activities.
ii. To understand the causes of incessant strikes in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
iii. To examine the effects of incessant strikes in Nigeria.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
i. What is the impact of incessant strikes on academic activities?
ii. What are the causes of incessant strikes in Nigerian tertiary institutions?
iii. What are the effects of incessant strikes in Nigeria?
1.5 STATEMENT OF THE HYPOTHESIS
Ho1: There is no significant impact of incessant strikes on academic activities.
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The study investigates the incessant strike action in the tertiary institutions and its impact on academic activities with a case study of Delta state university. It provides relevant data for the effective formulation and implementation of policies to enhance the realization of envisaged objectives.
1.8 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
The study was confronted with logistics and geographical factors.
1.9 DEFINITION OF TERMS
The strike is viewed as the stoppage of work which is the result of the mass refusal of employees to work, as a reaction to employee grievances
EDUCATIONAL SUPERVISION DEFINED
Educational Supervision consists of all effort involving school officials directed at t providing leadership to educational workers or teachers to enhance an improved educational system and institution. The process involves the deployment of human and material resources.
Education is viewed as the process of inviting truth and possibility. It is the wise, hopeful and respectful cultivation of learning undertaken in the belief that all should have the chance to share in life.
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