There may be times when we are powerless in stopping injustice. But there must never be times when we fail to protest.
On Tuesday, I was part of the legion that actively protested against the “bizarre” UCU tuition increments. The first of its kind. The noise, the chants, the grumbles and the rain.
We are aware that most of our student “LEADERS” preferred “civil” silent, “moderation” and negotiations while drinking tea and eating cakes. Bought using the (chai fee, development fee, computer fee and other fees) charged from our tuition.
But earnestly, imagine telling a person whose house is on fire to only make “moderate” alarms or a woman who is being raped to scream “civilly” and negotiate with the rapists.
Yes! This is some authoritative form of arson and rape. The university council and concerned persons are taking us for a ride.
A resolution passed by the authorities clearly only permitted a 5% tuition fee increment. Instead it has been increased 12% and the authorities are saying the increment is on “other fees” and not the “tuition”. As if when paying in the bank one separates payments of ‘other fees’ from the ‘TUITION.
The bible has warned us of such exploitation.
“You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small. “You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. “You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure.”
Deuteronomy 25: 13-16.
“Shall I count pure those with wicked balances and a bag of deceitful weight?”
The “Centre for Excellence in the Heart of Africa” is losing the idea of excellence to commercialism and tradesmanship.
It’s current advertisement campaign is only compared to the current CocaCola “Taste the feeling” frenzy call it; “Taste the education”
The treasury of funds syphoned from the students is not even in close agreement with reciprocated “goods” and services.
Mentioning but a few, the school is dogged by wanton instructor absenteeism, insufficient reading materials and decaying roads.
This is such of knock off. It should be seen that in moments of infamy, injustice and oppression that the people didn’t look on that they braved up and did something about it.—Even in the slightest of form.
“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence”
Leonardo da Vinci.
KUNSA PAUL. LLB3 2016