- Students of tertiary institutions are mounting pressure on the federal government to fix a date for resumption of schools within two weeks
- The students faulted the federal government’s handling of school reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic
- According to the aggrieved students, social distancing can be observed while writing WASSCE
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Students of tertiary institutions in the country are mounting pressure on the federal government to announce a date for the resumption of schools within two weeks or face massive protests.
The ultimatum was given by groups comprising the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), National Association of University Students (NAUS) and National Association of Colleges of Education Students (NANCES), at a virtual meeting, The Guardian reported.
The students faulted the federal government’s handling of schools reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
They called on the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to reconsider the participation of Nigerian students in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
The groups insisted that the exams can be written while observing social distancing and other safety protocols,
They noted that it doesn’t seem like coronavirus would be eradicated anytime some.
The students asked the government also to stop salaries of university teachers and other officials for advocating the continued closure of schools without proffering solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, against the position of the federal government, all the six states in the southwest have agreed to reopen schools for students to participate in the forthcoming West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The six states in the southwest are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.
The Nation reported that commissioners, special advisers on education and SUBEB chairmen reached the agreement at a virtual meeting convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
Legit.ng gathers that a statement by the DAWN Commission indicated that all the states will reopen schools for SS3 students by August 3 with COVID-19 preventive measures in place.
Also, the states also agreed to appeal to the federal government for postponement of the WASSCE by at least three weeks from the proposed resumption date.
Afterward, the states also agreed to directly approach the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to seek postponement of the examination to August 24.
In another report, a university don, Professor Peace Chinedum Babalola, has offered a piece of advice on how schools can be safely reopened amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Babalola who is the vice-chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun state, advised the federal government to adopt “staggered” resumption of schools.
Daily Trust reported that Babalola said this on Wednesday, July 15, during the university's virtual matriculation ceremony.
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