The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has expressed readiness to abide by government’s directive that Universities should resume academic work on January 18 as long as school authorities guarantee protection from Covid-19 for the lecturers and students.
The zonal coordinator for Akure zone of ASUU Professor Olufayo Olu-Olu who said although lecturers have started work, the government must put measures in place for safe reopening of the schools.
Orange FM”s Flora Iweanya reports that stakeholders in the education sector expressed displeasure at the level of readiness of the ivory towers to provide covid-19 preventive measures ahead reopening.
There had been great excitement when the academic staff union of universities called off its 9 months industrial action, but what parents and students didn’t know was that the second wave of coronavirus will also take a different toll.
Reopening the sector also comes with obvious risk as strategic stakeholders in the ivory towers while confirming their readiness to resume however called for stringent measures to prevent surge in cases of coronavirus in the schools.
The Zonal Coordinator Akure Zone ASUU- Professor Olufayo Olu-Olu is of the view that resumption during the 2nd wave is suicidal as the welfare of those involved should be made priority.
Also the ASUU Chairman FUTA Olayinka Awopetu said the union is not against schools reopening but the welfare and safety of its member is paramount to the union.
The Chairman, ASUU OAU, Ife Adeola Egbedokun belongs to the school of thought that if necessary preparations had been made early enough schools would have keyed into E-Learning.
Some parents including Joshua Ayodele and Owoeye Joseph said students should still be at home because no one can yet predict the magnitude of the second wave of the virus.
Students including Ajulo Ademola and Adesegun Adefolarin advised that safety precautions should be in place to ensure schools are safe for students.
While some people believe a healthy life is paramount and should always be put before other rights such as the need for education, others called for strict compliance with the safety protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the presidential task force on covid 19 has also raised the possibility of schools not resuming on Monday 18 January 2021.