The Federal Government's decision to continue to shut schools has brought more damages to the students than the intended purpose. Unfortunately, the only reason considered to determine that schools should not reopen is that schools' opening is not safe.
Undoubtedly, for the government to have not provided an excellent solution since March 2020 that the Federal Government ordered for shut down of schools shows the laity of our government by being proactive in the combat of COVID-19. The Nigerian government is unconsciously destroying the future of the students but believes they are doing good to it. The decision to still shut down schools and cancellation of the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), is worthless and completely unacceptable.
Firstly, the Federal Government didn't consider the psychological effects of staying at home for too long. Staying at home for this long for most students cause demoralization which eventually has an adverse impact on their intelligent quotient.
Even the cancellation of 2020 WASSCE has caused frustrations for some students. The willingness, enthusiasm, and zeal to read for the examination have been drastically reduced. The students believe since the date for the examination is unknown, they lost the willingness to study. Frustration has set in.
More so, recent statistics show that 3,600 Nigerians women or ladies had been raped, assaulted, and molested during this shut down of the schools. The records indicated that a more significant percentage of the people raped or molested are students. If the schools had opened, such wouldn't occur. Some common examples are the cases of Azeezat Shomuyiwa, a postgraduate student of the University of Ibadan, which occurred in Akinyele Local Government of Oyo State, a female undergraduate of the University of Benin called Vera Omozuwa, and Barakat Bello. These are just names that were announced on television and radio stations; many ones are unknown.
Picture of Azeezat Shomuyiwa, a rape victim in Akinleye Local Government, Oyo State
Picture of Very Omozuwa, a rape victim in Benin
Finally, the criminality rate has increased. The closure of schools for a long time has caused young guys raping children and ladies, involving in kidnapping and other common social vices.
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