University students appeal to lecturers to end strike
University students are now appealing on striking lecturers to resume work and engage the employer amicably in an attempt to bring to an end the perennial suffering of students
The ongoing nationwide lecturer’s strike has adversely affected students in public universities countrywide and most of them might end up sustaining irreparable and costly damages to their lives.
According to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Students President, Robinson Asman Omondi, the strike has left students out of class and only idling around, forcing some of them to indulge in dangerous activities to keep themselves busy.
Asman, who is a 5th year student pursuing Civil Engineering, explained how the strike has opened up unholy indulgences for a big number of students, adding that some students have resorted to vices such as theft, substance abuse and sexual immorality a recipe that might end up causing them untold miseries.
“The striking lecturers should have welfare of their students in mind when they call for long industrial unrests as most of the time, they are the students ad parents who suffer most ,” he said.
“We continue to incur expenses on rent and daily upkeep for no good reason, only a paltry 10% of the students reside in the university halls of residence,” lamented the student leader.
The JKUAT’s Sports and Entertainment Secretary, Denver Walter, who is a third year student pursuing Bachelor of Mass Communication lamented that students barely finish one academic year without being disrupted by strikes.
“It has become very strenuous and expensive to study in Public Universities as some students who sat their KCSE in 2016 are yet to finish up their first year yet their counterparts in Private Universities are joining their third year next semester, it’s annoying and demoralizing,” he added.
A spot check by KNA revealed that small enterprises around JKUAT has also been greatly affected as the flow of students into the main campus continue being interrupted year in year out.
Cyber cafes, Salons, hotels and shops surrounding the campus are closed down and the owners are also appealing for a quick solution to the strike.
Despite a previous Court Order directing lecturers to end the strike and go back to work, classes in public universities have remained empty for over seven weeks now.
By Pascha Chesach