Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, stated that it is against the reopening of universities due to concerns over its members contracting Covid-19.
This was disclosed by the ASUU’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with Channels TV this morning.
- “Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members. 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.
On measures schools have taken to ensure the safety of staff and students, the ASUU President said the efforts being made are “limited”.
- “We are aware that some universities are putting measures in place, with alternative learning models.”
He warned that the efforts can only go far to a certain point as Universities and students need extra assistance to deal with the change to virtual learning.
- “But these efforts are limited. They get to a point they can’t go further. ASUU has been talking about revitalisation since 2012. These are some of the areas where the assistance would have helped. Universities need huge funds to do this. People are saying start virtual classes, but more than 60 percent of our students will run into trouble – they can’t afford data or smartphones.”
What you should know
- Nairametrics reported earlier that Union leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) disclosed that Nigerian Universities are not prepared for the resumption of operations due to lack of preparatory materials to handle the Covid-19 pandemic for students and teachers.
- Dr Adeola Egbedokun, Union Chairman at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State had stated that the union cannot afford to mess with the health of its students and warned that no preparatory measures have been put in place to deal with the pandemic.