ASUU reveals why it is against re-opening of universities

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Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has revealed why it is against the re-opening of universities.

The Union said it is due to concerns of its members contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was disclosed by the ASUU’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with Channels TV Tuesday morning.

“Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members. What happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I’m not sure the universities can cope.

When asked about the measures schools have taken to ensure the safety of staff and students, the ASUU President said the efforts being made are “limited”.

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“We are aware that some universities are putting measures in place, with alternative learning models.”

He warned that the efforts can only go far to a certain point as universities and students need extra assistance to deal with the change to virtual learning.

“But these efforts are limited. They get to a point they can’t go further. ASUU has been talking about revitalisation since 2012. These are some of the areas where the assistance would have helped. Universities need huge funds to do this. People are saying start virtual classes, but more than 60 per cent of our students will run into trouble they can’t afford data or smartphones.”

Recall that the ASUU leaders on Monday disclosed that Nigerian Universities are not prepared for the resumption of operations due to a lack of preparatory materials to handle the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic for students and teachers.

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