COVID-19: Students protest in Abuja over continued closure of varsities, polytechnics

Demand immediate reopening of schools

Say Minister of Education not doing enough for schools’ resumption

 

Students in universities across the country protested in Abuja, Wednesday, over the continued closure of schools arising from the outbreak of coronavirus.

The protesting student converged on the nation’s capital city, demanded the immediate reopening of schools, flaying the government for its decision not to reopen schools for activities to commence having opened religious places, markers, airports among others.

Led by student leaders of the various public universities in the country, the aggrieved students accused the government of double standard in its decision not to reopen schools in the country.

Speaking on their behalf, President of the National Association of University Students, NAUS, Comrade Ejigah Felix, argued that there was no justification by the government for opening worship centres, markets, parks airports across the country, and leaving schools closed.

According to him, markets were the worst places in terms of danger for human health, saying if they could be opened for businesses, there was no justification leaving universities, polytechnics, and other educational institutions that have authorities and managerial skills closed.

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Mr Felix, who said the government cannot claim to be fighting coronavirus universities and polytechnics are closed to academic activities, noted that true and genuine research for the virus’ cure will only come from the institutions.

 

According to him, the continued closure of universities and other educational institutions was an indication that the government does not value education in the country.