Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2019)
Industrial action by teachers: Impact on secondary school students’ performances in English language
Author(s): Uguma Vincent U, Ukume Gladys D
Abstract: Teaching is a noble job. This is because the product of teaching is human growth and development. All classes of professionals pass through the tutelage of teachers. It is often said that a literate society is made possible by the teacher. Thus the absence of a teacher in the society will cause havoc much more than the havoc caused the ravage of the highly revered Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). When teachers embark on an industrial action, juvenile crimes increase because parents engage their children in hawking to augment their sources of livelihood. During that period pupils/students abandon their academic pursuit. Many, especially in the rural areas, do not see academic pursuit as a worthwhile engagement as virtually all communicative interactions take place in either Pidgin English or vernacular. This paper explores the impact of industrial actions by teachers on the academic performance of students in English Language, and recommends measures to avert such actions so as to enable learners cope with such situations.