The National Association of University Students (NAUS) has called for the reopening of all schools in the country in a letter signed by its Senate President, Ibrahim Muhammad Lawal, and addressed to the Federal Ministry of Education on 26 June.
The Federal Ministry of Education ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide in March following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country and as part of measures to contain its spread.
Ibrahim while speaking to CAMPUS LIFE, said that the association made the plea as a result of the ban lifted on religious houses and the violations of the social distancing order by politicians.
He said: ‘’We have decided to push for all schools resumption because of different reasons. The NCDC announced recently that 85 per cent to 95 per cent patients will recover. Some states have no COVID-19 patients again.
‘’If worship centres can operate while obeying social distancing rules, I think our schools can re-open and then we change the academic calendar”.
Ibrahim also urged the Federal Government to scrap acceptance fees and also create isolation centres in schools during the process of reopening.
“The Federal Government should scrap acceptance fees and reduce schools fees. Schools should also provide hand sanitisers and encourage the use of face masks.
‘’The Federal Government should provide full electricity for evening classes and create isolation centres in the teaching hospitals”, he said.
Speaking on the next step he’ll take if the Federal Government refuses to reopen schools, he said,
“We will make more consultation and reach out to some experts to analyse the reason given by the Federal Government for continued closure.
If it’s genuine, we have no option than to support it, but if it is not genuine, we will give them an ultimatum to reopen our schools or we will call for nation-wide non-stop protest”.
He added that his next step would be determined after receiving a response to his letter
“We expect to receive a response soon from the Minister of Education and then we know our next plan. We want to make the Federal Government know that we can’t continue with the policy of locking up our schools because no one can predict what will happen to future generations,” he said.