The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it upheld the choice of the Federal Government to stop Senior Secondary School 3 understudies from participating in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination prior planned to begin on August 4.
The association exhorted the legislature to close down schools until 2021 to guarantee sufficient arrangements, refering to the case in certain nations, for example, Kenya.
Our journalists had given an account of Saturday that the Federal Ministry of Education met with authorities of the West African Examination Council in Abuja and set out to declare another date for the assessment.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had additionally said the legislature would talk with the four different nations under WAEC to set another date, while declaring COVID-19 compulsory rules for schools which must be kept before July 29.
The ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, who made the proposals in a meeting with Sunday PUNCH, said no sensible government would take such risks except if guardians would be advised to sign an endeavor.
Ogunyemi stated, "Look, Kenya has said they have shut every one of their schools till one year from now (2021); they also have tests to compose. Wellbeing first. In the event that it implies shutting the schools until one year from now to shield the lives of Nigerian kids and defend the soundness all things considered, so be it.
"Along these lines, if that will assist us with addressing cases that can prompt increment in mortality, I figure Nigerians ought to go that way and we all should see purpose behind it. On the off chance that they have to drop affirmation for the year, it is beneficial for them. Life matters first, individuals must have life first before they can go to college. Are the colleges prepared to work now?
"Our position is that they ought not try different things with the lives of our youngsters. It's not possible for anyone to tell; the circumstance may before long standardize and they can do their tests and there is another open door for outer competitors around November. In this way, it's not as though the entryway is completely shut."
The ASUU president included that the association had not seen any proof to show that schools were made sure about for understudies to return.
He stated, "The principal thing that ought to be handled is whether schools are protected. What's more, if the schools are undependable, for what reason would you like to do an examination with the lives of our kids? An endeavor to send back the youngsters to class at once there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria resembles trying different things with the lives of our kids.
"On the off chance that they set up all the things, including social and physical removing, sanitisers, kitting the kids as we see in different spots, purification with water streaming in the schools and all the contraptions, why not? In this way, on the off chance that legislature can meet every one of these conditions, at that point they can revive the schools. Be that as it may, on the off chance that they can't meet every one of these conditions, they ought not try different things with even 10 understudies in any school."
In the interim, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has said that its individuals are prepared for school reviving and that as a major aspect of measures to diminish the spread of COVID-19, it has guided its individuals to open schools for around four hours day by day.
NAPPS in a selective meeting with one of our journalists noticed that since the Federal Government had given the mandate on school resumption for terminal classes, it was relating with its individuals across the country on various security conventions to set up.
The NAPSS National President, Chief Yomi Otubela, stated, "Our relationship, as the enrolled umbrella assemblage of non-public schools in Nigeria, has been interfacing with Federal Government agents, including the Ministry of Education and different offices, concerning how to battle the spread of COVID-19.
"The way that understudies are coming back to class doesn't imply that we will spend the all out hours as it used to be before. We are thinking about a brief period of around three to four hours in school. This is to guarantee that there is no space for kids to go on break and play around the premises.
"What's more, we have likewise talked about with our individuals that there ought to be amazed resumption. Amazed resumption implies that if the JSS3 class comes to class by 8am, SSS3 can stop by 9am and the Primary 6 classes can drop by 10am. This is to guarantee that we don't get the doorways and the ways out swarmed."
The president noticed that schools had been told to have infrared thermometers, and furthermore maintain a strategic distance from educators denoting understudies' books physically
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