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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Educationist Urges State, FG To Apply Caution Over Schools Reopening

... Says Some  Private Schools Proprietors Not Likely To Meet COVID - 19 Protocols 
                          •Prof. Bodunde

From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

An educationist, Professor Helen Bodunde, has advised the State and Federal Governments to thread with caution over the scheduled school resumption in the country as some of the private schools' proprietors are not possibly ready for it. 

Bodunde identified inadequate resources as a factor that could stymie the capacity of the private schools operators to meet or cope with the demands of the COVID - 19 Protocols and Guidelines on reopening of schools.

The Professor who is also the President of Education, Gender, Youths and family network(EDUGUF-N ), an Abeokuta, Ogun State based nonprofit organisation, expressed the views while speaking with reporters.

She explained that resources constraints might not permit all private schools operators to follow the precautionary measures against COVID-19 as prescribed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Presidential Task Force (PTF) while also noting that the governments, on their part, lack manpower to effectively monitor all the schools for compliance.

She recalled that experience has revealed that governments' efforts would be focused more on compliance of the  big private schools, leaving the small and medium range ones in remote areas without requisite supervision. 

She said the life of a school child in the rural and the hinterland should also be taken into consideration and protected.

The educanist noted that many states failed in monitoring the compliance in earlier reopened sectors such as transportation, market and other public places.

The Professor of Teaching English as second Language stressed that life is more important than the proposed hasty reopening of schools.

She advised the stakeholders to learn from the experiences of other countries like South Africa by exercising restraint in yielding to the pressure of the few proprietors calling for the reopening of schools 

She also urged parents and guardians to also speak out.

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