Saturday, 13 September 2014

Primary school teachers oppose Sept 22 resumption date

A statement jointly signed by National President,  Comrade Mahmud Lawal, and the Secretary, Comrade  Oluwole Adeola, said: “The Association of Primary Schools Head Teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), the umbrella body for all head teachers of public primary schools in Nigeria, is strongly opposed to the 22nd September, 2014 school resumption date announced by the Federal Government.

 “In view of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) scare, with reported deaths in Lagos and Port Harcourt and a number of people still under surveillance, the association is of the view that the Federal Government should have maintained the 13th October, 2014 resumption date earlier announced.

 “The association is of the view that schools should remain closed until adequate preventive measures are put in place to screen pupils coming to school, provision of hand sanitisers and importantly the training of teachers on precautionary measures which till now government is yet to provide.

 “While the Association commends the government on its prompt response and management of the Ebola Virus Disease, We wish to stress that greater focus must be given to the complete elimination of this dreaded virus disease, hence a hasty reopening of schools  portends danger to the life and health of our children.

 “We demand that the school resumption date be extended to 13th October, 2014 earlier announced and even beyond if need be, while giving government ample time to provide all the necessary preventive kits to all schools.  Education is for the living.

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