Lockdown: Students Beg FG To Reopen Schools

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A cross-section of students in Kwara have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen schools despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The students, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Ilorin on Sunday, expressed their frustration for sitting home over a long period.

NAN reports that the federal government had in March announced the closure of schools, churches, mosques and events centres as well as banning social gathering as part of measures to curtail the spreading pandemic.

Victor Odediran, a student of the Kwara State College of Education, Oro said students were tired of staying at home.

“We are tired of staying at home.

“Government should kindly help us open the schools as done for markets, banks and other offices.

“They should open schools for us for God sake,’’ he said.

Another student, Kazeem Kareem of Federal University (FUOYE), Oye-Ekiti also appealed to the government to reopen schools and ensure strict laws are put in place to enforce adherence to COVID -19 protocol.

“The government should collaborate with school management to ensure hash punishment for any students who violate the preventive measures put in place against the virus,’’ Kareem said.

Pelumi Oyedeji, a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin said that there was no big deal for schools to be reopened since markets and banks were now operating.

“Even if lecture hours would reduce, the federal government should help us do something about our resumption on time,’’ he said.

On her part, Taofikat Usman of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete told NAN that she was tired of staying idle at home.

“Home is too boring for me.

“Let us resume and start something important.

“The school cannot remain closed forever; please open it for us,’’ she said.

A secondary school student, Musilimat Bello said the online programme put in place when schools were closed, was not perfect.

Bello said she skipped lectures several times due to unstable power supply.

“Please let us go back to school and receive lectures.

“The online lecturing is not the best at this moment, it is not ideal for most of us.

Apart from erratic power supply, she also sited poor internet network as a hindrance to online lecturing.


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