The Acdemic Staff Union Of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) have denied asking the Federal government to close schools till 2020. Rather it stated that schools should be reopened only when it is safe to do so. Recall that we brought you a report earlier that ASUU had asked the Federal Govt to close schools till 2021. The Union had swiftly denied the report by it’s president.
It made this known via its Facebook page. The union said; “We did not say schools should not be reopened until 2021. We only advised that schools be reopened anytime it is considered safe for our children.
They have brought out guidelines and conditions for school resumption, they must now supervise and ensure that those conditions are met. Beyond formulating a policy, they must see to its implementation. So, we are saying it is not just a matter of putting things on papers but implementation from primary schools to tertiary institutions.”
“Even if the government eventually reopens schools, it has nothing to do with universities battling with a series of crisis.
There are fundamental crises that will make universities reopening longer and impossible for now. We had long told government our position and until they meet necessary conditions, universities are not resuming even after COVID.
There are outstanding issues and government is not ready to fix our universities and provide enabling learning environment. For instance, we are talking about revitalisation… if our institutions are well equipped, there is no reason why coronavirus should stop academic activities.
You cannot talk about social distancing in universities without talking about additional lecture rooms. So, we have two crises delaying resumption. The health crises and the refusal of government to make our universities standard.”