ASUU: universities will not open amid COVID-19 second wave

ASUU: universities will not open amid COVID-19 second wave

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday announced that Nigerian universities are not to re-open in the middle of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

ASUU has requested the federal government to review the decision closely, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country.

The National Universities Commission (NUC) had earlier directed universities to resume academic activities on January 18.

On Monday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,244 new cases and three more deaths.

“Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members,” ASUU’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, said on Sunrise Daily. “What happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I’m not sure the Universities can cope.

The national president has also insisted that there’s no infrastructures for e-learning in Nigeria university.

“We are aware that some universities are putting measures in place, with alternative learning models,” he said. “Some are even trying to blend classes, virtual and physical, but these efforts are limited. They get to a point they can’t go further.

He also included that e-learning can be more expensive to run and can get students into debt while trying to buy data or get a smartphones for those who cant afford it.

ASUU recently called off a ten-month-old strike over demands related to salary structure and government support for universities.

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