2020 witnessed an unprecedented closure of most sectors of the economy.
Education being the worst hit with the prolonged strike by academic staff union of public universities and delayed reopening of schools after the lockdown. In this report, Uchechukwu Nnaike and Funmi Ogundare recount activities that shaped the outgoing year
2020 can best be described as a year of uncertainty and struggle in the education sector.
While the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic was not envisaged, the indefinite strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
(ASUU) was inevitable, following series of disagreements between the federal government and the union over unpaid salaries and allowances and the refusal of ASUU members to enrol in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS), among other issues.
However the prolonged strike resulted in frustration and disappointment among students, parents and other stakeholders, as some students got engaged in various activities, both positive and negative, while the strike lasted.
Eventually, students heaved a sigh of relief as the strike that commenced on March 23, was suspended on December 23, though conditionally.
Coincidentally, ASUU embarked on strike the same day the National Universities Commission (NUC) directed universities across the country to shut down for one month to prevent the spread of the virus.
Prior to the order by the NUC, the Federal Ministry of Education had approved the closure of schools as a response to the pandemic.