Nigeria Labour Congress has kicked against plans by the government to reopen schools, saying the decision is hasty and may not bode well for the country at large.
The affiliate unions of NLC in the education sector which comprises of Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Senior Staff
Association of Polytechnics (SSANIP), Senior Staff Union of in Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN), National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) made this call during a virtual meeting held during the weekend.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) union made this call during a virtual joint meeting of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) affiliate unions in the education sector.
In a communiqué signed behalf of the unions by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, they noted with concern the social and economic implications of the outbreak of novel coronavirus all over the world which has impaired human activities due to the lockdown measures, which also precipitated the closure of schools.
While expressing worries over the increasing incidences of the infection across the country and the dearth of educational infrastructures in Nigeria’s institutions of learning, which is capable of undermining the physical distance protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the meeting observed that some conscious measures need to be mapped and put in place before re-opening schools in the country.
The unions noted that government should bring all stakeholders in the primary and secondary education sub-sector comprising the unions, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Committee of Vice-Chancellors/Provosts of Polytechnics and Colleges of Educations, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCPSS) to deliberate on the way forward on the need to re-open schools.