– ASUU has again cautioned the federal government against the reopening of schools nationwide
– The leader of the national body, Biodun Ogunyemi, faulted the decision noting that safety measures were not yet in place for pupils.
– ASUU joins the Nigeria Union of Teachers and Nigerian Medical Association in opposing the move.
The decision of the federal government to safely reopen schools nationwide for graduating students to write their final examinations has continued to generate more reactions.
The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, faulted the government’s decision that is coming amid the spread of COVID -19 currently ravaging the country. Ogunyemi during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, July 1, noted that safety measures for pupils were not yet in place, adding that the government should first tell Nigerians who would provide the conditions for the reopening of schools.
ASUU faults FG’s decision to reopen schools for graduating students amid spread COVID-19 Source: UGC He said: “We are not against reopening of schools but government must not just spell out conditions. The government must tell us who will meet those conditions. And even in private schools, the government cannot just leave everything to the proprietors because we are talking of public health issues here. “Many of these private schools are just struggling to break even. When you talk of public health issues, they are not issues that will be left in the hands of individuals who can follow through according to their capacity.
ASUU has joined others such as the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in opposing the move to reopen schools. Recall that ASUU had earlier warned against the reopening of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the country. Speaking on Monday, June 29, ASUU national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, submitted that the federal government needed to address the challenges of the education sector before it can consider reopening of schools across the country.
Ogunyemi urged the government to provide an ideal environment and should take the lead by meeting the conditions spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before reopening the various education centres and higher institutions.
Meanwhile, campusNews reported that the Nigerian government has not started making plans for schools reopening, it is making plans for students in exit classes to write exams, Emeka Nwajiuba has clarified. Nwajiuba who is the minister of state for education said this on Wednesday, July 1 during an interview on Channels TV. The minister explained that despite the shutting of schools due to COVID-19, exams are critical for the academic progress of students. In other news, the central efforts to end the coronavirus crisis seem to have been punctured as some schools in Lagos state have deployed all possible strategies to reopen against the federal government’s directive.