The federal government says it is taking another look at the January the 18th date fixed for resumption of schools across Nigeria.
Minister of education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while answering questions at Monday’s press briefing by the presidential task force on covid-19 in Abuja.
He says the new development is attributed to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country.
Branches of the academic staff union of universities in separate interviews say it is not safe for students to return to the institutions at this time.
ASUU says although its members were ready to start work, the government had not put measures in place for safe reopening of schools.
Union chairman at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, said classroom and hostel situations in universities do not currently conform with COVID-19 protocols.
Chairman of ASUU-FUNAAB, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Dr Adebayo Oni, says the university was not ready to cope with covid-19 challenges.
Oni said the union had observed that conducting physical lectures with students would be more disastrous.
Chairman of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University branch of ASUU, Dr Musa Babayo, says the government and institutions did not seriously handle covid-19 issues during the union strike.
Babayo says the federal government needs to release funds to universities to put proper arrangements in place for the protocols.
Kaduna Govt Sacks 65 Primary School Teachers
The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has on Friday confirmed the sack of 65 primary school teachers after investigation revealed they were recruited illegally in Sanga Local Government Area of the state.
According to an official who served as the secretary of the investigation committee confirmed the development to Newsmen in Kaduna.
Earlier, the council Chairman, Charles Danladi, had on Wednesday announced the sack of the teachers to journalists in Gwantu, the Council headquarters.
Danladi alleged that the anomaly was detected through the over-bloated wage bill of the teachers, which kept increasing every month without new employment.
Their appointments have been terminated.
FEC Approves New Bill To Increase Teachers Retirement Age
The Federal Executive Council has approved the harmonised retirement age for teachers bill, 2021 which adjusts the teachers retirement age from 60 to 65.
The bill, which is on its way to the national assembly, also seeks to change the years of service for teachers from 35 to 40.
Other highlights of the bill include the introduction of bursary awards, special rural posting allowances, and other measures to attract the best brains to the profession.
Adamu says the bill seeks to enhance the teaching profession in the country.
Imo, Kaduna Postpone Schools Resumption
Despite the federal government’s directive on school reopening, Imo State government has postponed by one week, resumption of schools in the state because of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
State commissioner for education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, says the postponement became necessary to curb a further spread of the rising cases in some urban areas of Owerri west and north.
Ikegwuoha says the government has a team of personnel that would ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocol when schools reopen in the state.
Elsewhere, in Kaduna State, the government has closed public and private schools till further notice.
Permanent secretary, ministry of education, Phoebe Yayi disclosed in a statement on Monday, that only Kaduna polytechnic and the national open university were exempted because of their examination timetable.
Yayi said no definite date has been set for schools to reopen.