CSO slams education minister over suspension of schools’ reopening

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An internal Civil Society Organisation known as Freedom Fighters International, FFI, has berated the recent suspension of schools’ reopening by the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
In a petition filed to National Human Rights Commission and made available to newsmen in Abuja, Country Director of the organisation, Prof. Barika Saro-Laka, condemned the minister’s action, describing it as a denial of the children’s right.
He said the organisation has received several petitions from pupils, students, parents, and school proprietors against the reversed order, adding that the head of West African Examination council, WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha showed concerns over the matter based consideration of conscience and strategies for students and pupils in final examination classes.
According to him, the WAEC had in consultation with stakeholders, had already fixed between August 4-September 5 2020 for the conduct of WASSCE, with strict compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols.
“Adamu’s policy on this issue smacks off a direct affront on public interest.
“What is expected of him is to approve logistics for WAEC as a way of supporting it in provoking it in provoking an environment of public safety and towards the successful conduct of fixed important examinations thus, helping the society to forestall total frustration.
“We protest blindness and policies that are based on darkness, as our society is ripe for proactive seasoned, popular dynamics, “he said.
Prof. Laka also stressed that the education minister seems not to appreciate the fact that what Nigeria needs is management of the pandemic with wisdom, in order to stay alive and forge ahead with activities.
“We detest Adamu’s inconsistencies in policies, as it could be recalled that he once announced the scraping of the fraudulent University Matriculations Examinations, UTME, , an initiative that is alien across the globe that was introduced by the Chancellors of Universities in Nigeria and Adamu was lauded for that step.
Saro-Laka further questioned the intentions of the minister for warranting such an abprut reversal of reopening of schools across the country, adding that the minister is possibly bereft of positive ideas and probably wants to waste a year of the academic calendar of Nigerian children.
“Please Advise Mr. Adamu to respect the rights of children and the necessity for their accelerated growth in order to avoid national crisis.

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