Mr. Dele Ashiru criticized the belief that university education is suitable for employability, saying that graduates from institutions are meant to be employers of labour.
The President of the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU), Lagos State University (UNILAG) Chapter made the comment on Friday during his appearance on Channels Television. Sunrise every day.
“There is a fundamental assumption that is wrong: college education is not for employability. This one is basic,” he said on the show. “If you have a good university education, you should be an employer of labor.”
According to him, access to university education is not for everyone, explaining that in developed countries; only a few people reach this level.
“If you look at the systems around the world, only a certain percentage of the country’s citizens should be able to go to university. The rest should go to what they call a polytechnic, monotechnic, technical college, etc. so that the moment they come out of these educational institutions, as was the case in Nigeria in the past, they can enter the industry as artisans and all that,” the speaker said.
For the leader of ASUU UNILAG, love for university education in the country is not necessary; a situation which he said does not bode well for Nigeria.
“And that’s why the pressure is on college education. Check any developed country in the world,” Mr. Ashiru explained. “Those who populate their universities are not among their citizens.”
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“I was shocked that they went on strike”
His comment comes amid the ongoing national ASUU strike. Speakers are into week three of a month-long industrial action to press their demands.
Already, a series of meetings have taken place between the union and the federal government delegation, but the ASUU accuses the government of reneging on its agreement with them.
On Thursday, Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige said most of the union’s demands had been met by the Nigerian government.
“A lot of them were dealt with after our meeting in October last year,” Mr Ngige said during an appearance on Channels Television. politics today.
“That’s why I said I was shocked that they were going on strike. The only place they have a point to take away and strike is on the issue of the 2009 renegotiation – the terms of service because their terms of service were supposed to be reviewed.
A few days ago, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) demonstrated across the country, demanding the reopening of the campus. They are also asking to be part of the negotiations between the ASUU and the federal government.
The strike is the latest in a series of industrial action by university professors. It’s been just over a year since teachers ended a nine-month strike.