It is known that all institutions of learning across Nigeria have been on lockdown for over three months and counting, owing to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus which continues to spread like wildfire.
Before this lockdown on schools was initiated, students were already gearing up to write their promotion exams but had to be put on hold for safety reasons. Weeks ago, President Muhammadu Buhari through the Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu released an official statement announcing the reopening of schools for graduating classes. When students heard this announcement, it gave them a glimmer of hope that school activities may soon return to normal but their joy was cut short when the intended reopening was postponed indefinitely for undisclosed reasons.
In my candid opinion, this is the right move by the amiable president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. Although various meetings are still being conveyed to see how schools can be allowed to resume, I would advice Mr. President to hold on on school resumption for strong reasons I would be pointing out in this article.
Before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, I was a Corps member in a very big school located in Oyo state. I see how children how unable to be adequately controlled on a daily basis. They tend to play alot and are always mingling with each other at close range. Any Corps member or ex member reading this will know what I am talking about. Imagine the Federal Government allowing such students to resume school activities under the current situation of things in the country. If a single student should contract the virus and bring it to class, it would spread uncontrollably.
Some people are arguing against the closure of school, stating that as long as markets and other sectors are allowed to open, schools should also be allowed too. Well, I would like you to know that the education sector is highly different from other sectors of this beloved Nation. Imagine a school of over 5,000 students being controlled by 200 teachers, it would be very hard to keep track of students and ensure they adhere to safety rules.
Moreover, there should not be any rush in issues like this. Why? Most parents would be very uncomfortable letting their children go back to school with this amount of uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus. At the slightest bit of fever on their kids, parents may point accusatory fingers at the Federal Government for making students resume school.
Education is important, we know, a child that is truly serious to learn should be taking home lessons during this period. Once the pandemic passes, all schools would resume in synchrony and continue from where things were left off.
Concerning the impact of the lockdown on teachers, it would interest you to know that teachers in government schools are receiving their monthly salaries even during the lockdown and the step the Federal Government should take to put a smile on the faces of private school teachers is to collate a database of teachers with TRCN certificates currently employed. These teachers should then be made to provide a letter of employed to prove their credibility and the government will then decide on the appropriate amount to be paid per teacher. It seems like a rigorous exercise but if carried out meticulously, it may prove effective.
Safety is more important than education and if anything should happen to a bunch of students due to the negligence of the Federal Government, it would put the current administration on a very hot seat.
What are your opinions on this?
Should President Buhari ignore the demand for resumption or allow schools resume while students stand the risk of being infected?
Kindly state your opinions in the comment section.
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