The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has advised the federal government to allow schools to remain closed until 2021 to adequate preparations are made before school reopens.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been shut down since March this year.

ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi while speaking with newsmen said the government should do nothing regarding reopening of schools until parents/guardians sign an undertaking.

In Ogunyemi’s words, “Look, Kenya has said they have closed all their schools till next year. They too have exams to write; safety first. If closing schools until next year will achieve a great amount of safety for our children, then it should be done.

He said, life matters first before we can even think of education. He went on to say that if admissions for this year need to be canceled, then it should.

“This is where we stand, our children should not be used to run an experiment. Nobody can tell; the situation may soon normalize and they can do their exams and there is another opportunity for external candidates around November. So, it’s not like the door is totally closed.”

He said ASUU has not seen any proof to show that adequate safety measures have been put in place for schools to reopen.

“The first things first, are our schools safe?. If the schools are unsafe, why experiment with our children’s lives?

“Sending the children to school at a time where there is a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is like experimenting with the lives of our children.

“If they put all the things in place, including social and physical distancing, sanitizers, kitting the children as we see in other places, decontamination with water flowing in the schools and all the gadgets, why not?

“So, if the government can meet all these conditions, then they can reopen the schools. And if it cannot be met, they should not experiment with even 10 students in any school.”

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