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BUHARI Snubs Tertiary Institutions As Schools Reopen - Is This Fair For Final Year Students?

Special Adviser to the President on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, has just confirmed that President Buhari has given the go-ahead for schools to reopen for graduating students only.

Source: AlJazeera

He tweeted: "Pres. @MBuhari has approved, on recommendation of #PTFCOVID19, SAFE REOPENING of Schools ONLY FOR STUDENTS IN GRADUATING CLASSES (Primary 6, JS3, SS3) to enable them prepare for exams."

This is a significant step towards the reopening of schools generally as well as a thoughtful move in ensuring that the education and lives of Nigerian students are not delayed.

However, not everyone is smiling at the announcement. In the category of 'graduating students,' there seems to be one set of people that have been ignored and disallowed from resuming academic activities.

Graduating students in tertiary institutions have been decrying the fact that they were not included in the new directive. Those in 400 or 500 level in Nigerian higher institutions this year are supposed to have rounded off their programme or be very close to graduating.

However, the coronavirus pandemic, as well as strike actions from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has worked against that becoming a reality.

Source: Pulse

Although tertiary institution graduating students cannot resume because of ASUU issues, they still took to social media to express their frustrations at not being able to finish their respective programmes. Here are some reactions from Twitter:

@RealDreylo, "E be like say Primary 6 students dey more important than Final year university students o . This life no balance"

@badniggafela, "I still don't get the idea of FG allowing Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 students to resume Why not allow University final year students resume instead Those ones at least have sense and know how to properly take care of themselves compared to those kids"

@AronuChelsea. "Final students in the university are supposed to be part of this... oh now I know cause of Asuu, please resolve this issue so we can graduate thank u! Cos obviously we are matured enough to take of ourselves n maintain good hygiene than primary 6 pupils!!!!"

The delay for final year students all over the country will probably see many of them miss out on the best job opportunities, further study opportunities and may even result in rushed and poor theses.

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