School Reopening: ASUU Backs FG Decision On WASSCE, Says Schools Shouldn’t Open Till 2021
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it supported the decision of the Federal Government to stop Senior Secondary School 3 students from partaking in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination earlier scheduled to commence on August 4 and also urged the government not to reopen academic activities until 2021.
ASUU President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi , who made this call in an interaction with newsmen said it not right for the government to reopen schools in this current situation and that no reasonable government would take such chances unless parents would be told to sign an undertaking.
Ogunyemi made reference to Kenya that have closed all its schools till next year ( 2021 ), that they too have exams to write. He added that the country should consider safety first.
He further said that if it means closing the schools until next year to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians , so be it.
He also said that the Union position is that they should not experiment with the lives of our children. He added that nobody can tell if the situation may soon normalize.
The ASUU president added that the union had not seen any evidence to show that schools were secured for students to go back.
He said that the first thing that should be tackled is whether schools are safe and that if the schools are not safe there is no need for government to go ahead in harken to the call of school reopening.