ASUU tells Federal Government, Don’t reopen schools until 2021..
The Union has also told the Government not to experiment with the lives of innocent students. They also said the present pandemic situation may normalize soon and students will be free to go back to wrote their exams in normal and sane environment conditions.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has supported the decision of the Federal Government to stop Senior Secondary School 3 pupils from partaking in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination earlier scheduled to commence on August 4.
The union has given the government the candid advise to shut down schools until 2021. This is to ensure appropriate preparations to reopen schools in Nigeria, citing cases of some countries such as Kenya.
“So, if that will help us to address cases that can lead to increase in mortality, I think Nigerians should go that way and all of us should see reason for it. If they need to cancel admission for the year, it is good for them. Life matters first, people must have life first before they can go to university. Are the universities ready to work now?
“Our position is that they should not experiment with the lives of our children. Nobody can tell; the situation may soon normalise and they can do their exams and there is another opportunity for external candidates around November. So, it’s not as if the door is totally closed”
The ASUU Chairman has said well by revealing the position of the union on reopening of schools. It is well deserved that the government take optima precautions in enabling a safe environment for pupils and students who will be patronizing the school business.
While the Federal Government has met with the WASSEC Council to reschedule the date to begin the Senior Examination, the government still needs to make necessary preparations to make safer environment for pupils so as not to have worst case of the pandemic among the school aged children.
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