COVID-19: FG should adopt staggered reopening of schools - University VC

COVID-19: FG should adopt staggered reopening of schools - University VC

- A university don has advised the Nigerian government on what to do to safely reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic

- Professor Babalola, Chrisland University's VC, said the government should “stagger” resumption of students to achieve social distancing

- Babalola said it is important the government allow final year students at all levels to resume to enable them complete their education

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Amid the growing tensions over whether or not the Nigerian government should reopen schools, a university don, Professor Peace Chinedum Babalola, has offered a piece of advice on how schools can be safely reopened.

Babalola who is the vice-chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun state, advised the federal government to adopt “staggered” resumption of schools.

Daily Trust reports that Babalola said this on Wednesday, July 15, during the university's virtual matriculation ceremony.

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Legit.ng gathers that the university don advised the government to reopen schools for final year students at all levels to enable them to finish their education in time.

She, however, advised that the government needs to “stagger” resumption of students to achieve social distancing.

Her words: “This pandemic we do not understand it fully and we do not know when it will end. We already know that there is a need for social distancing, there is a need for hygiene, wearing face masks and so on.

“So to ensure social distancing, we need to stagger resumption of students and we need to reopen schools for students that are in terminal classes, students that will take external examinations.

“Exams like West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is actually not just a Nigerian examination, it is a West African examination and they have announced that the exams will start in August, so I believe that while studying and understanding this disease, let start with the students in the terminal classes in all institutions, from nursery to university."

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Meanwhile, Nigerian private schools association has told the federal government that it is ready to resume for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and other terminal examinations.

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) stated this following the federal government's sudden withdrawal of unity schools from the forthcoming exams over Covid-19 fear.

The national president of the association, Yomi Otubela, said on Monday, July 13, schools under the group were fully prepared for resumption in line with the protocols set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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