Smiles have once more beamed on the faces of students of the Abia State College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu, as they resumed lectures a few weeks ago after 10 months prolonged strike. The strike, which was as a result of non-payment of staff and lecturers’ salaries, brought academic activities in the school to a standstill.
When Aro News correspondent visited the school to confirm the latest development, students were seen engaged in their normal academic activities while others were in lecture halls. Some lecturers and staff too were in their various duty posts.
One of the students, Miss Oge, who spoke to Aro News, expressed joy, stating that the resumption of academic activities was long overdue. Another student and President of National Association of Arochukwu Students (ASCETA Chapter), Comrade Chisom Iheanyi, said he was glad that the school has re-opened and students are back after a long stay at home. Miss Chidinma Kalu, an NCE student expressed her reservations that there might be yet another strike if the government does not pay the staff, as lecturers usually complained of “stomach infrastructure” while teaching the students.
“These days we have to beg them to come and teach us and we dare not make noise in class while lectures are going on because if we do, the lecturer will leave and might not come back,” she said.
“We are calling on the Abia State government to please pay our lecturers so that all these strike actions will end. We are tired!” Another student, Chimere said. Meanwhile, some new TETFUND buildings have been completed and are now in use. The students expressed joy about the recent developments while calling on the government to build more buildings