Challenges are the underlying pillar of Education
unpaid allowances by the government. Most higher education learners took to the streets in a bid to win government’s attention to listen to their concerns. Over the past decade we’ve observed with concern as money related problems were being echoed in many institutions of higher learning continentally and globally.
The irrefutable fact is that every commercial or educational entity needs a pool of funds to function and to produce noteworthy outputs. Learners in tertiary institutions are always faced with high university or college tuition fees as well as the hefty cost of living since most of them live far from their residents of origin.
Lack of mutual understanding
The lack of mutual understanding between academic staff and students has been a long standing problem that endures back into the early years of higher education.
Year in and year out it’s always the same kind of scenario; protest action rendered by students and university management responding by calling on law enforcement officers to come to their aid in halting the students from escalating their campaign to a rowdy and violent one.
Both parties tend to undertake aggressive measures other than resorting to amicable ways of solving the problem at hand.
All higher education stakeholders should have a proper structured conflict management channel that can be used to engage both students and university management on volatile matters affecting both parties. Often times the core issues are not dealt with head on rather too much time is wasted focusing on the riots and how to stop the students in question from participating in such crusades.
Overall engagement of government The relevant stakeholders:
Ministries of labour and education as well as management from the different tertiary institutions should work in collaboration to help iron out problems faced by learners within the sphere of higher education.
Government has the responsibility of ensuring that students’ progress very well and fairly well with their studies by providing them with an open platform where their issues can be addressed.
The tendency of assuming that students are exhibiting hostility every time they try to raise their grievances is an unjust approach and it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. Students on the other hand should also show willingness to engage government in a more diplomatic way. Education officials should refrain from the habit of showing response only when students depict signs of being unruly because in such periods it’s often too late to counteract the causes, however only symptoms are addressed.
Acknowledge there’s a problem
The first step in solving a problem is acknowledging that there is a problem. Once the challenge is identified a proper root cause analysis technique should be employed to assess and detect misdemeanor and the appropriate corrective measures can be taken thereafter. Using such techniques will not only address the systematic problems but it will also facilitate continuous and sustainable intellectual growth of our educational organizations and their overall welfare.
The parlous state of tertiary institutions as shown on national publications and electronic media may lead to degenerative outcomes if not addressed with the urgency and emergency it deserves. Challenges will always be there, they help us to grow our organisations socially, financially and academically.