ASUU Faults School Reopening Without Adherence to Safety Protocols
The Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayo Akinwole has faulted moves by the government to reopen all schools without taking responsibility for schools to meet COVID-19 precautionary guidelines.
Akinwole stated that those leading the agitation for re-opening of schools are private schools due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on them but warned that no pecuniary gains is more than the lives of lecturers and their students.
Akinwole noted that before COVID-19, public varsities are overcrowded with students while hostel facilities take more than its capacity.
He then warned parents not to jubilate at the news of possible reopening but they should rather ask the government to take responsibility for whatever surge in COVID-19 that may happen as a result of ill-thought-out re-opening.
The ASUU boss noted that while National Assembly members can afford to observe social distancing in the national assembly complex, the same is not possible with overcrowded classrooms due to the wickedness of the ruling class not to properly fund public education.
Akinwole stated that ASUU as a responsible Union owes Nigerians the duty to warn against the danger of not meeting NCDC guidelines and throwing the lives of the children of the masses to the possibility of COVID-19 contraction.