News/Events » should schools reopen or close say Federal Gov by: Richie(m) .:. Tue, 12 Jan, 2021 - 12:44:22:pm GMT

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that Nigerian Universities may not resume activities amidst the second wave of coronavirus pandemic.

The university lecturers union called off its strike recently, after a long drawn negotiation with federal authorities for a better working condition.

The industrial action left public universities closed for 9-months, and academic activities were scheduled to resume on January 18.

The latest disclosure by ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi could now jeopardise plans.

Mr. Ogunyemi, speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday raised concern on the safety of universities staff and students across the country amidst the raging second wave of coronavirus.

He said Nigerian universities do not have the capacity to cope amidst coronavirus pandemic.

"Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members," Mr. Ogunyemi said. "What happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I'm not sure the Universities can cope."

The university don said adopting e-learning as an alternative to ensure academics continue in universities regardless of the pandemic is not feasible as many students will not be able to afford the cost.

"ASUU has been talking about revitalisation since 2012. These are some of the areas where the assistance would have helped. Universities need huge funds to do this. People are saying start virtual classes, but more than 60 percent of our students will run into trouble - they can't afford data or smartphones."

So far, Nigeria has recorded 101,331 cases of coronavirus, 80,491 has been treated and discharged, while 1,361 deaths have been recorded due to the pandemic.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday warned that hospitals may no longer be able to cope as the number of reported cases of coronavirus continue to spike.


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   Re: should schools reopen or close say Federal Gov by: Lilcent(m) .:. Tue, 12 Jan, 2021 - 01:19:06:pm GMT

I strongly agree with the federal government that universities should not be opened till further notice.

There's this saying that is better than cure.
Rather than cure the ailments, it is better to prevent it from occurring.
The best way to prevent covid 19 from spreading is by preventing any form of public gatherings which would very common in the universities.
In most of these universityes the lecture theatres cannot contain the number of students that come lectures.
Many attimes the lecture theatre cannot the number of students that comes for lectures, as a result of this the lecture hall is choked up with a lot of students during lectures.
Right now the country is in a situation whereby there is a pandemic, and this pandemic ( covid 19) Is killing a lot of people in the country.
If the federal government decides to allow schools to resume, strict protocols on how to prevent the spread of the virus might not be obeyed effectively due to the over crowding of students in class.
This would eventually result in the spread of the virus.


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   Re: should schools reopen or close say Federal Gov by: Chamak(f) .:. Wed, 13 Jan, 2021 - 03:58:55:pm GMT

As far as I'm concerned the resumption of schools should be halted for now as a result of the second wave of the covid 19 virus plaguing the World. Based on info, this second wave of the virus is more deadlier than the first wave that caused the first worldwide lockdown.

The government has taking a step in the right direction as regards the postponement of school resumption but the government has not taking drastic actions as regards the attitude of people towards preventing the virus. We still have millions of people moving about the country without nose masks and sanitizer which is a bad idea. The worst part is that up till now, there are still many who still doubt the existence of the virus because they are yet to see someone close to them get affected by the virus.

The government has also failed as regards leaving the borders of the country open up till now even to countries where the virus is affecting them seriously. But despite all this our lackadaisical attitude towards covid 19, I just pray that God continues to protect us because if it gets worse in Nigeria, we don't have any facilities at all to curb the situation and millions will lose their lives.

**chamak collections**

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   Re: should schools reopen or close say Federal Gov by: Obajichi(f) .:. Wed, 13 Jan, 2021 - 08:23:27:pm GMT

If the hold on school resumption will be beneficial to all, then we should just bear it and find a way to manage the situation.

It is only the living that can attend school. It is better safe than sorry.

We are quite fortunate that the case has not gone out of control as it is with the Europeans.
We've got to bear the situation as we hope it's going to be for a short while.

**I love being me.**

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   Re: should schools reopen or close say Federal Gov by: Darey112(m) .:. Thu, 14 Jan, 2021 - 01:05:44:pm GMT

As it is stand now, because the number is increasing everyday, and the major reason I think it make the case to be worse no more cautious or prevention, travelers didn't bother and the personal of each State are not inactive too. So, for University to resume amidst this pandemic in my own view is right. Polytechnic institute are in school why delay University. The NCDC should come out of preventive measures for all University institution. After they meet the requirements let them resume.

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