The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision on the reopening of schools nationwide.
The union expressed fears amidst the increasing cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the country.
Dr Dipo Akomolafe, ASUU Chairman, of the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, made this appeal in an interview.
According to him, the reopening of the schools was likely to make more children and teachers vulnerable to the disease.
Recall that on June 9, Mr Boss Mustapha, the Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the reopening of schools in a yet-to-be decided date for all pupils and students in the graduating classes, which would enable them prepare for their upcoming examinations.
According to Akomolafe, most of the schools cannot meet up with the guidelines put in place for the reopening.
He added that most of the pupils and students would want to embrace themselves, shake hands and ignore the use of face masks and social distancing.
The don added that reopening of schools at this time, would also increase teachers responsibilities, as they would be left to handle their teaching jobs, as well as also monitor the students, to ensure adherence to precautionary measures.
He further noted that, reopening the schools at this crucial time with the daily increase of the disease, was like making more children and teachers vunerable.
“The Federal Government gave guidelines for reopening of schools recently, but how many of these schools can oblige to these guidelines?
“Children may find it difficult to use the face masks, they cannot do without embracing themselves, shake hands with themselves and play together, all of which is against social distancing.
“Teachers will also be charged with additional responsibilities of teaching, as well as monitoring the children to comply with the precautionary measures against the virus.
“We are, therefore, calling on the Federal Government to reconsider its decisions on the matter, so that more alarming figures of casualties will not be recorded,” Akomolafe said.
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