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Umah Muhammed
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Stakeholders in the education sector, yesterday, told the Federal Government that they are in support of reopening of schools, if all necessary safety measures and facilities are in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.

They include the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, and even the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The stakeholders were also reacting to the advisory of the the United Nations Education Fund, UNICEF, which said Tuesday that the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact negatively on the development, safety and well-being of children globally, noting that schools are not drivers of the viral disease.

This is even as renowned lawyer and founder of Afe Babalola University, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, yesterday described the continued closure of schools as unjust.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Lilian Salami, who apparently down-played the fears of stakeholders about schools reopening, said yesterday that students are threatening to beat up lecturers over continued closure of universities, assuring that management of varsities are ready to  resume academic activities in a safe and secure manner, as prescribed by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19.

The Federal Government had set Monday, January 18 as resumption date for schools in the country, though the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu had said the date was not sacrosanct.

Source:Vanguard News Nigeria

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