DID FG, VCs, NUC AGREE ON SEPTEMBER 7 FOR SCHOOL RESUMPTION?


By: Kunle Sotibi and Seun Muritala

CLAIM:

On the 18th of August, 2020, an online news platform, myschoolnews.com.ng, reported what they tagged breaking news, claiming that, the Federal Government, Vice Chancellors of universities in Nigeria and National Universities Commission (NUC) had agreed on September 7, 2020 for school resumption.

‘‘Information has it that the federal government (FG), all Vice Chancellors (VCs) and National Universities Commission (NUC) have agreed to reopen all schools in Nigeria in September 7, 2020 after a long meeting during the weekend''- myschool.com.ng reported

The news also claimed that the Federal Government  has assured the general public that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) won't halt the agreement of all schools in Nigeria to reopen on September 7, 2020.
‘‘Second semester is expected to begin in October 30, 2020''- myschoolnews.com.ng reported.

 Myschoolnews.com.ng also claims that, as a form of learning activity, teachers and lecturers must administer examination within 2 weeks after 3 weeks of revision.

Myschoolnews.com.ng concluded the news by reporting that ‘‘Note that all federal, state and private universities have been directed to use this official academic calendar to be used ahead of september 7 resumption and should be used for running academic activities after the shutdown of schools forced by COVID-19''.

ROUND CHECK FINDINGS:

Following the global pandemic occasioned by the outbreak of coronavirus, students in Nigerian tertiary institutions were directed to vacate school premises in March 2020.

Earlier today(August 18, 2020), the news about tertiary institutions resuming on September 7th, 2020 surfaced on the internet(published by myschoolnews.com.ng).This has led to mixed feelings among students in Nigeria.

However, in a chat with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka said in a conservation with round check,

 "There's no official communication to us yet. We are naturally very excited about the possibility of resumption soon." This is an indication that there is no official date fixed yet for the students who have been at home for about 5 months. The Vice Chancellor could not confirm the claim that FG, VCs and NUC agreed on September  7th as the date for school resumption.

In a news report published by Premium Times news platform on August 18,2020, it reported that, ASUU said that Nigerian Universities won't reopen even  if Federal Government reopens schools. Read here

 ‘‘Should the federal government eventually ask schools to resume, university administrators will comply, but Mr Ogunyemi’s explanation indicates the lecturers will not be resuming classes until ASUU’s concerns are addressed'', Premium Times reported.

Also, according to a news report published by Guardian news platform on August 17,2020, the vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin said that there's no resumption date yet for students, ‘‘Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, says no date has been fixed for resumption of academic activities for students of the university who had been out of school since the outbreak of COVID-19''., The Guardian Nigeria reported. See here

CONCLUSION:


The news is misleading

Nigerian  students should debunk any news claiming that schools will reopen on September 7, 2020. Also, the public should note that, the FG, VCs and NUC did not agree on September 7 resumption date.

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