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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday, kicked against the planned reopening of schools by the Federal Government of Nigeria due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the country. Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, spoke with the with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun State. FG warns states against reopening schools, others NCDC officials disrupt school resumption in Cross River According to him, the Federal Government needed to address the challenges of education sector before it can talk of reopening schools. Ogunyemi urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to provide ideal environment and should take the lead by meeting the conditions spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before reopening schools.

Dear our valued reader, we would like to hear your view about a membership club that we plan to launch. Kindly help us fill this survey. “The federal government must lead and show the ways by meeting the conditions for reopening of schools before any school can be allowed to open, because COVID-19 pandemic is a health challenge. “When it comes to public health, it is something that should not be left in the hands of individual, but the federal government must take the lead,’’ he said. The ASUU president listed the conditions spelt out by NCDC to include: provision of materials for regular washing of hands, face mask, isolation centres, space for social distancing and hands sanitiser. Ogunyemi said that many of the schools do not have financial capacities to meet those conditions and requirements for reopening of schools. “It is suicidal to reopen schools now if the federal government itself could not meet the conditions spelt out by NCDC and World Health Organisation (WHO).

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“The nation will expose the innocent children to risks which is avoidable,” he said. Ogunyemi noted that many of the schools could not afford to provide hand sanitiser, saying that many of them do not even have running water, not to talk of having facility for washing hands. He added that many schools do not have enough spaces to promote physical distancing. The ASUU president said that putting all these requirements needed together to reopen schools in the country now would run to millions of Naira, which most schools could not afford. Ogunyemi appealed to the federal government to provide the running funds for the principals and head teachers so that they could provide some of these facilities in their schools. He further said that inadequate funds by many parents would hinder them from providing some of these amenities needed for reopening of schools. Ogunyemi said that the federal government needed to tell Nigerians the steps they intended to take in reopening schools. (NAN)

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Osun proprietor arrested for circulating fake school reopening proposal

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The Osun State Government has said a private school proprietor in the state had been handed to over to the police for circulating unapproved plan for school reopening .
The school reopening proposal was shared in many whatsapp groups in the state on Wednesday and when attention of Special Adviser to the governor on Education , Mr Jamiu Olawumi was drawn to the proposal , he told our correspondent to disregard it.
Olawumi , who claimed that the man circulating the said proposal had been arrested by the police on the order of state government , told residents to wait for the directive of Governor Gboyega Oyetola on the issue .
According to the said reopening proposal , schools in Osun state were to resume on July 20 , 2020 and only 20 children were to sit in a class
It was also proposed that big schools would run two shifts of morning , 8 am to 12 pm ; and afternoon , 1 .30 pm to 5 .30 pm daily .
But Olawumi said , “Schools were closed by the President and the power to reopen has been conceded to the state governors . Osun citizens should await the announcement as endorsed by the governor very soon . We have handed him ( the person behind the proposal ) over to the police . Disregard the proposal please .”
Efforts to get reaction of Osun State leadership of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools to the development proved futile .

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Nigerian govt postpones school resumption, 2020 WASSCE indefinitely

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The Federal Government has canceled the resumption of schools for graduating classes.

This was announced by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while speaking to State House Correspondents the weekly Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

Adamu also disclosed that 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, has been postponed indefinitely.

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This, he said was due to the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country.

Adamu also explained that Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so.

According to the minister, he would prefer Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers.

Recall that the federal government had earlier announced August 5th as scheduled date for WAEC exam.

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