ASUU which stands for The Academic Staff Union of Universities in a new statement has said that it is in support of the federal Government disallowing schools especially JSS3 and SS3 students to write the West African Examination Council's exam stipulated to hold later this year.
Citing instances such as Kenya and Madagascar, ASUU advices FG not to reopen schools until 2021 to give them ample time for preparation as regards to Covid 19 pandemic. This advice came as a result of a meeting held by FG with the WAEC council as confirmed by Punch newspaper correspondence, to discuss a new date for the said examination.
FG also said it would make efforts to consult other four countries under WAEC to set a new date for the examination while maintaining guildelines for COVID 19 social distancing as issues in a press meeting by The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiu.
The ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, who made the recommendations in an interview, said no reasonable government would take such chances unless parents would be told to sign an undertaking.
Quoting the ASUU president, Mr. Ogunyemi, he said, “Look, Kenya has said they have closed all their schools till next year (2021); they too have exams to write. Safety first. If it means closing the schools until next year to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians, so be it.
He further states that no one knows when everything would Normalise and it would not be wise to use kids life for experiment. He said that even if this would mean forfeiting admissions for the rest of the year, then so be it, that life right now is more important than school, besides are universities ready to open? He also said that ASUU has not seen any evidence to show that schools are now safe for students to return.
He went further to say that if they can put up safety measures such as washing units, supplies of hand sanitizers and other safety measures, then they can go ahead to open schools, if not, it would be a huge risk.
In the same Vain, NAPPP, The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has said that its members are ready for school reopening and that it has directed it's members to open schools for only four hours a day to curtail the spread of the virus.
Students also had something to say as this news trends online. One student had this to say, "ASUU is always BAD NEWS, they are either on strike or threatening to commence. They don't like to work, and gladly for them, they find an excuse in Covid 19. Can ASUU please tell us what will happen in 2021. Are they developing vaccine? Impossible!"
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