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Does ASUU/ASUP Strike Affect Part-Time Programme?

While considering the part-time programme, be it the daily or weekend course, you should be interested in knowing if industrial actions, such as strikes, will affect you.


You're more likely to ask this question if you're aware that the salaries of your lecturers will be paid solely through the tuition you pay for the programme.


And that's true. On that note, since most strikes are a result of not paying lecturers' salaries and allowances, the strikes should not affect students of daily and regular part-time programmes.


Is this true and what else should you know? Let's get it in this post.

Part-Time Students May Not Join ASUU/ASUP Strike

There is no doubt about it, in most cases, part-time students and lecturers, won't join the ASUU and ASUP strikes. However, not all situations. More on this in the next section.


For instance, the Federal University of Oye Ekiti daily part-time, weekend part-time and sandwich students were not affected by the last 9-month ASUU strike. The university, through its campuses for these programmes, continues with the calendar and lecturers, even though the full-time students were all sent homes on strike.


In this case, needless to say, it's almost the same set of lecturers, taking the full-time students, that would be taking the part-time students. While the full-time work was put on hold, those lecturers continued with their part-time lecturing.


Similarly, for the part-time programmes of many universities, such as the Ladoke Akintola University, University of Ibadan Distance Learning, Obafemi Awolowo Distance Learning, University of Abuja, etc., academic activities were still ongoing when the strike lasted for the full-time counterparts.


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Part-Time Lecturers and Students May Join the Struggle Though

Even though it's not mandatory for them to join, we have cases where part-time lecturers decide to join ASUU too as a solidarity for their colleagues. In the same vein, part-time students may be left with no other choice than to join the course.


In most polytechnics, for example, when there are strikes affecting full-time students, that will surely affect the part-time colleges.


For instance, a strike by the non-academic staff will affect both the full-time and part-time students. This is because the non-academic staff, in most cases, serve both full-time and part-time students.


In other words, even if the part-time lecturers wish to continue work, a strike by the non-academic staff will still affect their activities too. Hence, forcing everybody to go on strike.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that when you go for a part-time programme, you're less affected by ASUU and ASUP strikes Except for the non-academic staff strike that may affect all students (whether full-time or part-time), academic staff protection shouldn't affect you as a part-time student.


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