It is now 4 months since the Federal Government of Nigeria declared openly that all unity schools in Nigeria should shut down prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic. However, the government has made a lot of efforts to reopen the school, but due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and the dangers it posed to the Nigerian students, school resumption has remained an uncertain topic in Nigeria.
However, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities said in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, that they are in full support of the FG decision to stop the Senior Secondary School 3 pupils from taking this year WAEC examinations. The Union also advised the government to ensure that schools in Nigeria remain shut until 2021, noting that no good government with the safety of her people in mind would allow school reopening amid COVID-19 surge.
According to News reports by PUNCH correspondents, the Federal Ministry of Education met with WAEC officials in Abuja during the weekend and agreed to announce a new date for the examination. Meanwhile, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has revealed that the government will meet with the four remaining countries under WAEC, so as to set a new date for the examination.
However, the ASUU President added that the Kenya government also has an examination to write, yet they have shut down their schools till 2021. He noted that going back to school now is disastrous, and if the government will have to cancel this year's admissions process, it would not be too bad. He further said that the government should not experiment with our kids unless parents will have to sign an undertaking. Prof Ogunyemi further noted that if the government can put everything in place, then there will be no cause for alarm, but if you, the government should not experiment with the lives of Nigerian kids, not even with 10 pupils.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has said that they are ready for school resumption. NAPPS noted that as part of the measures to curtail the spread of the virus, schools will be Opened for only 4 hours a day, and their will at least one hour of staggering resumption. For example, JSS3 pupils can come to school by 8 am, the SS3 students will come by 9 am, and the Common Entrance class will be coming to school by 10 am, this is to minimize the crowd at the school entrance in the morning, and exist later in the day. They also noted that the four hours of school period was to ensure that there is no break which will allow students to play as they wish.
Read below some of the reactions of the public and also add your opinion. Do you think ASUU is right to call for an extension of the school reopening date? Do you think private schools are truly ready to reopen schools? Is it possible that the privately owned schools are after their money more than the well-being of the students? Finally, do you think that Public Schools can effectively reopen schools without fear amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria?
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