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Asuu accuses Nigeria Government of Experimenting with lives of poor Nigerians by Reopening Schools.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday accused the Federal Government of Experimenting with the lives of poor Nigerians after it approved the reopening of schools across the country.
ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this in a channels Tv programme, sunrise daily, insisted that it was not ripe for schools to reopen on the country.
President Mohammadu Buhari had on Monday approved the re-opening of schools across the country do enable the terminal students_SSS3, JSS3, and Primary 6 to write their examinations.
Ogunyemi said the government’s directive for schools to re open across the country amid the covid_19 pandemic could endanger the lives of poor Nigerian pupils.
He said;”What we are trying to do now is a crash model- an experimental approach . We want to experiment with the lives of poor Nigerians_ children of the poor
Many of us in my bracket maybe middle class, our children don’t fall into that category and that is probably why we cannot appreciate why we need to do the basic minimum.
“Are we saying that we should open schools without decontaminating the school?. For a government that could go openly to decontaminate streets, to decontaminate markets? Are lives in the schools not as valuable as those working on the streets?.We need to do the basic minimum, it is not about income for teachers, income for workers here.
It’s about what we need to do to avert disaster”.
The National Coordinator of the presidential Task Force on Covid_19 San Aliyu, who also appeared on the programme, insisted that the reopening of schools for graduating pupils was imperative because the examinations were set by external bodies.
Aliyu said:”We have a large number of students that are in the exit classes and they need to move on. These are not exams that are specific only to Nigeria but Africa- the Waec exams. We need to find a way to safely get these students to write their exams and move on. Otherwise, we will have a serious spillover when it comes to education”.

By: Okpe Esther

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