Latest: ASUU Faults FG’s Decision to Reopen Schools for Graduating Students Amid Pandemic
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.
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, report has it 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.
The government had imposed a total lockdown on schools across all levels as part of measure to stem down the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the lockdown now in its third month. Findings, however, revealed that some private primary and secondary schools in the commercial capital city have been reopening – albeit under various cunny guises
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Earlier: Do Not Reopen Schools Now, ASUU Tells FG
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has advised the Federal Government against reopening of schools at this time as the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging the country. The president of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi gave this advice while speaking with newsmen in Ota Ogun State.
According to him, the Federal Government needed to address the challenges of the education sector, provide an ideal environment and meeting the conditions spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before reopening schools.
The ASUU president listed the conditions spelt out by NCDC to include: provision of materials for regular washing of hands, face mask, isolations centres, space for social distancing and hands sanitiser; adding that many of the schools do not have financial capacities to meet those conditions and requirements for reopening of schools as many of them do not even have running water, do not have enough spaces to promote physical distancing not to talk of having facility for washing hands.
The ASUU president said that putting all these requirements needed together, to reopen schools in the country now would run to millions of Naira, which most schools could not afford.
Ogunyemi appealed to the Federal Government to provide the running funds for the principals and head teachers so that they could provide some of these facilities in their schools.
Earlier: ASUU Tells FG Not to Reopen Schools Till End of the Pandemic
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has cautioned the federal government to keep schools shut pending when the covid-19 pandemic was over.
ASUU tweeted about this on Thursday.
#Updated: ASUU Cautions Against Rushing To Reopen Schools
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has advised federal and state governments not to hasten to reopen schools until all necessary measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of…………… pic.twitter.com/SFPXhSRAQh
— Official_ASUU (@ASUUNGR) June 18, 2020
ASUU President, Abiodun Ogunyemi, advised “federal government not to reopen schools until the pandemic is over.
The Covid-19 Presidential Task Force had equally maintained that it was not safe to reopen schools.
The PTF had also urged schools to ensure safety measures against covid-19 were put in place before schools reopen.
ASUU and FG are still at loggerheads over alleged failure of government to meet the terms of earlier agreements.
This led the union to call an indefinite industrial strike action.