Critical stakeholders in the education sector have called on the federal government to provide all the facilities required for a safe reopening of public and private schools during this era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The stakeholders, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) disclosed this on Thursday.
¹. Each school should have temporary isolation space and fully equipped clinic.
². provision of more classrooms and employment of more teachers so that students can sit at least two metres apart
³. Provision of water, soap, sanitizers, infrared thermometers and referral system
⁴. Protocols to observe in the event a pupil or student becomes unwell in school.
National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, reacting to the issues said that the government should stop dancing around the issues.
“When we met them two weeks ago, the six conditions they listed were different from these. Between then and now, what has changed? Who should be responsible for the provision of these facilities they are talking about, is it not the government?
“The government is not taking responsibility. What they ought to say is that we are making these things available before schools will reopen.
“We should address the fundamentals and stop dancing around issues. The government should show the way by making all these available in public schools.