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ASUU leaders walk out of meeting with Fg

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EFFORTS made by the federal government to end the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has again suffered another setback on Monday as it failed to reach an agreement with the leaders of the union.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, presided over a resumed negotiation with the striking university lecturers at the ministry in Abuja.

Surprisingly, unlike previous meetings which ended inconclusively, ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, led other leaders of the union out of the meeting.

Professor Ogunyemi, also refused to speak to reporters about why the union leaders walked out of the meeting which lasted about two hours.

The minister, had earlier assured the ASUU leaders that attention would be paid to three critical demands which included salary shortfalls, university revitalization, and earned allowances of ASUU members.

But, with the recent development, academic activities will remain grounded in concerned universities across the country after the ASUU president said earlier that the union would wait until today before taking a decision on whether or not to suspend the industrial action.

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Education ministry presents proposal on Schools reopening

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The Federal Ministry of Education through its  Minister of State,  Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba on Tuesday presented to the National Assembly a proposed date for the reopening of schools across the country as a post COVID-19 measure.

The minister made the presentation during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education on the ministry’s plans for pupils who have been forced to stay at home following the outbreak of the COVID – 19 pandemic.

While noting that government had said that schools for some categories of students would be reopened soon, Nwajiuba said that giving a tentative date would result to misrepresentation by the public.

“We said we are going to experiment with some people and these are children from exit classes.

“In the document we have provided, we have suggested how we can move our education sector forward in this pandemic period.

“We don’t want to make it known at this period so that some people will not take our proposal for guidelines for schools reopening.

“This is because people publish fake guidelines every day which I always come on air to debunk. What we have now is a proposal.

“Even if the Senate has not called us, we would have come to you to discuss with you because we have already discussed with the House of Representatives.

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“The documents were presented to you so that you can criticise and make inputs as major stakeholders”, the minister said.

He, also expressed concern over the decision of Oyo State Government to reopen its primary and secondary schools in spite of  the current rising cases of Coronavirus infection in the country.

Nwajiuba wondered why the government of Oyo state which was currently battling with increase cases of new infections, should be eager to throw open the gates of its schools when its neighbouring states, were employing caution.

He said, “Why is Oyo state talking of reopening schools when it has just started recording increase cases of Coronavirus infection.

“Just beside Oyo is Ogun which was part of the three states under the FG’s lockdown since April is not talking about schools reopening.”

 

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Oyo: Makinde reverses decision, only teachers to resume June 29

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The Seyi Makinde led Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has reversed its earlier decision, just as it modified the resumption date for Primary six, Junior Secondary School III and Senior Secondary School III students in the state.

 

The Task Force, which rose from a two-and-a-half-hour meeting on Monday, reviewed the state of preparedness of the schools ahead of the planned resumption.

 

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye and experts from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) had been going round the schools to determine compliance with the COVID-19 prevention protocols put in place by the schools.

 

The statement added that the team has since discovered that a space of one week was needed to enable the schools test-run the facilities, especially the hand washing points and the security measures.

The statement read: “By the new arrangement, Teachers are to resume to the schools on Monday June 29, 2020, while students in critical classes including Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 will resume a week later on July 6, 2020.

 

“As of Monday, June 22, no fewer than 372 Heads of Schools have been trained by the EOC on the management of the COVID-19 containment procedures, while each of the schools is to appoint an Incident Manager, who will ensure compliance with the approved COVID-19 protocol.

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“Each student is expected to wear face masks, while the schools are to prepare well laid out hand washing spots to guarantee regular washing of hands by the students and teachers.

“The Task Force also resolved that by July 15, the state government would have reviewed the situation with the schools and come to a conclusion whether the remaining classes would be able to resume or whether the students would have to wait to resume the new session in September 2020.”

 

The statement also added that the community testing embarked upon by the state government has ensured that close to 8,000 tests have been conducted on residents.

 

The community testing is currently going on in 10 locations, across the state, while testing would be regularly conducted from the secondary health centres located in the seven administrative zones of the state after the ongoing massive community testing exercise.

 

The Task Force urged residents of the state to remain calm and to continue to observe the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, as according to it, the rising number of positive cases in the state has to do with the ongoing massive community testing.

 

“The treatment protocols already put in place by our medical experts have ensured that those infected are being discharged in record time,” the statement concluded.

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REOPENING OF SCHOOLS: Oyo govt. distributes nose-masks to non-teaching, teaching staffs

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commences training of teachers

 

Oyo State Government has commenced training for teachers from all Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities, ahead of June 29 resumption for Pry 6, JSS3 and SS3 students on the basic procedures for the handling COVID-19 in schools.

The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran revealed that the training on ‘Reopening of Schools’ is part of the State Government’s pre-opening mandate.

He added that the training is targeted at getting participants prepared ahead of any possible identification of coronavirus case, with a view to ensure that teachers and pupils remain safe while in schools.

“The workshop is expected to equip participants with necessary knowledge on Covid-19 and how to manage it during these trying times among pupils. Let me add that the workshop has representation from each zone in the State and is aimed at ensuring the safety of children and teachers in the State”, he said.

Adeniran further said, “asking only Pry 6 pupils to return to school is strategic. Each school is spacious enough to contain all Primary 6 pupils in the State. So, there is actually no cause for alarm”.

He also added that OyoSUBEB would look into constituting an Advisory Board to complement the efforts of the State Government on combating COVID-19, while every school has been mandated to adhere to all precautionary measures during this period.

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Dr. Adeniran said that with the threat of coronavirus pandemic and the need for pupils to return to schools, it was imperative for the State Government to train teachers who would be in regular touch with the pupils on how to interact, while they also ensure their safety.

“To contain the spread of the disease in schools, Oyo State Government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde has deployed trainers who would train teachers. These trained teachers would in turn train their colleagues on precautionary measures and how to manage each pupil after the long stay at home”, Adeniran said.

Futhermore, Dr. Adeniran said that the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board has distributed facemasks to all non-teaching and teaching staffs across all Local Government Universal Basic Education Authority in the State.
This, he said is part of the Board’s precautionary measures taken to prepare every staff member for the task ahead. He added that each school would provide wash hand basins, and alcohol based hand sanitizers.

 

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