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UK Lecturers Embark On A Day Strike
It appears industrial actions in the
education sector may not be limited to
Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of
Lecturers and staff of many universities across
the United Kingdom under the umbrella of
Universities and College Unions (UCU)
embarked on a one day strike in protest of pay
cuts on Thursday.
At the School of Oriental and African Studies
(SOAS), students and lecturers appeared to be
united in the course.
Our correspondent in the city of London, Doris
Okenwa monitored activities in some
universities and confirmed that academic
activities were indeed disrupted by the strike.
The lecturers and staff maintained that there
has been a consistent drop in the last 13 years
despite huge funds being generated in the
sector with fees for international students
placed at over 10,000 pounds.
A senior lecturer of Economics at SOAS,
Stephanie Blankenburg said the take home pays
does not meet rising costs of living adding that
the proposed one per cent increase by
employers is not good enough.
Another angle to the strike action is the call
for increased funding of universities as
austerity measures have made university
education in the UK astronomical.
This could herald a decline in face to face
learning and a prompt a rise in online degrees.