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Like we all know, schools have been on lock-down since March, due to the outbreak of Covid-19. At the beginning stage, everybody was sure that it was a good decision that schools were shut down. But that was based on the belief that it would only be for a short period of time it seems. The pandemic has lasted for so long now that the economy can no longer afford to remain in shutdown any much longer. The little one that happened did have a massive impact on the foreign exchange market.
We are not discussing the exchange market in this article. We would be talking about the opening of schools for our children; wards; students; potential leaders of tomorrow.
With the Covid-19 pandemic still at large, one question that has been lingering alot is whether it is safe enough for the school students to resume.
There are many ways to look at it.
From the health or safety perspective, it would be advisable that we all wait until the pandemic is totally defeated before re-opening our schools. The ironic part is that the youngest kids at the daycare who do not yet understand what is going on would be the one at risk the most. How easy do you think it is to enforce social distancing in a Kindergarten class or even a Primary 3 class?
From the ''Economic'' perspective, it would be advisable to re-open our schools, because we do not know how long this pandemic would last, and we cannot afford to have a set of dumb generations as a result of it.
Nigerians in Tertiary Institutions have threatened to stage a protest if the Federal Government fails to announce a date for the resumption of activities of learning in all institutions within two (2) weeks.
A couple of associations in these institutions had a virtual meeting, where there showed their dissatisfaction with government's current approach to the whole school resumption issue.
The Associations in attendance are: National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), National Association of University Students (NAUS) and National Association of Colleges of Education Students (NANCES).
The students also mentioned their dissatisfaction with the way the Federal Government cancelled the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). They are of the opinion that the examination can be written while observing the necessary preventive protocols.
What do you think about the re-opening of schools?
Are you on the side of Maximum Safety OR Economic Safety?
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