Nigerians have reacted angrily on social media after news broke that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), have said they are in support of the Federal Government decision to cancel the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which was supposed to have taken place on 4th August, 2020.
According to the PUNCH, ASUU have advised the Nigeria Federal Government to keep schools shut down until next year (2021), this is to ensure that sufficient preparations which will ensure the safety of the students must have been made.
On speaking to the PUNCH, the ASUU president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, sited that Kenya have shut down their schools until 2021 for safety reasons. From what he said, Nigerians should accept and follow in the foot steps of Kenya if it would help prevent an increase in the death rate. It wouldn't matter if admission for next year is cancelled but students (primary, secondary and tertiary) must not return until it is absolutely safe.
Of course that is the view of ASUU but not the view of many Nigerians. A high percentage of Nigerians now believe that covid-19 is here to stay since their is no report suggesting that a cure or vaccine will be found in the near future.
They are of the opinion that students should be allowed back to school just as marketers were allowed back to their businesses and just as churches and mosques all over the country were given the permission to operate.
If being honest, everyone knows that the protocols given by the government in regards to the control of the spread of covid-19 is not being followed, both in the local markets and the churches. But still the government have turned a blind eye to it, which shows that something must be wrong somewhere.
How can someone tell me that uneducated traders (not all traders) and children would easily abide by the government rules more than students. Normally the markets and churches are by far more crowded than the class rooms or lecture halls.
There is just no way ASUU or the Federal Government can convince Nigerians that opening of schools will add to the problems, when nothing regarding the protocols set by the government is being followed as of now.
I wouldn't say the government should not pay ASUU until school resumes but I will suggest that ASUU should try and consider donating some percentage of their salaries to NCDC, to help in the fight of covid-19 in Nigeria. In this way peopld will truely know their concern is real.
Below are some comments made by Nigerians in reaction to what ASUU said.
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