Covid-19: Stakeholders in Ondo Call for Reopening of Schools

After six months of shutting down schools due to coronavirus pandemic, there have been agitations for reopening of schools.

Those who spoke with Radio Nigeria reporter, Olufisoye Adenitan in Akure, the Ondo State capital were of the opinion that continuous closure of schools was doing a lot of damage and doing no one any good.

Some Parents, Pastor Erinoye, Mr Ayo Ilesanmi and Mrs Yomi Ojo observed that a lot of activities were going on in town that could even spread coronavirus faster than the school premises, saying that government should prioritise the interest of the pupils and students from primary to tertiary level and reopen schools for academic activities.

According to the parents, since everyone was aware of the safety procedures, government should put a committee in place to monitor compliance when the schools  reopened. 

They said not all children were opportune to participate in the online classes embarked upon by some schools due to inadequate power supply , poor network services among others 

Teachers also lent their voices to the fact that their livelihoods depended more on schools resumption.

The teachers, who pleaded anonymity, said that government should be sensitive to the plight of the citizens.

The headmistress of a private school in Akure , Mrs Ireti Bakare maintained that the continuous closing of schools was killing the private sector, which had massive investments in the education system.

In his view, a don at Ekiti State University, Professor Matthew Ayeni pointed out that continuous closure of schools was depriving pupils and students which might affect their thinking and reasoning psychology.

Professor Ayeni maintained that priority should be given to reopening of schools in the best interest of the populace.

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Olufisoye Adenitan

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