THE SOCIOLOGIST’S THINKING : STUDENT UNIONISM; THE BACKBONE OF CAMPUS CULTISM
You may take a quick shot to think this statement is judgmental and conclusive which is against the scientific ethic of open mindedness, be that as it may, I wouldn’t have made such statement if not proven by researchers who have dived into the murky waters to discover the cause of cultism in tertiary I institutions, obviously they have linked it to peer pressure, a sense of belongingness, search for protection and lack of adequate counseling services etc. Adequate efforts have been put in place to checkmate these opportunity structures the menace continues to rock our higher institutions of learning.
In finding a long lasting solution to cultism, a team of researchers in Sierra Leone led by Mohammed Chebli (2007) surprisingly found a link between student unionism and cultism, they held that many cult clashes are motivated by attempts to contend with administrative decision which is usually spear headed by virile and aggressive student unionism where a fertile ground for clash is provided during protests. To support this view, they further found a link between student union politicking and cultism holding that in the quest for unionist positions and general powers lies the encouragement of the existence of cultism by student politicians who use them for political strategies and also seek endorsement from them.
While all the afore mentioned links are highly relevant, it is advised that policy makers and administrators take the new found link serious, student unionism activities should be well regulated and the offices should be made less attractive.
Schools should sensitize the students on correct grievance procedures during industrial conflicts to avoid frequent confrontations
Student unionism should be based on Zero party system, where candidates individually emerge, with no respect for departments, faculty or associations which the candidate belong to
Candidates who seek endorsement of any association, faculty or any political player should be disqualified
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