UNLESS the sunshine of purpose urgently shines via within the Oyo State authorities, the state is bullishly headed on a harmful ego journey. Sadly, the experimental specimens for this journey are weak faculty pupils who should be shielded moderately than uncovered to hazard. However that appears the results of slender self-assertion the place there ought to’ve been a broad and humble view of the generality’s finest curiosity. It’s a enterprise that tends in direction of recklessness.
The Oyo authorities is fixated with trial reopening of colleges and has affirmed its intention to go forward, in defiance of sensible counsel on the contrary by the Federal Authorities and stakeholders throughout the state. In an announcement on Tuesday, the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde mentioned it was adjusting the resumption date for pupils in Main 6, Junior Secondary Faculty III and Senior Secondary Faculty III from 29th June as earlier scheduled to sixth July as a result of a assessment of the state’s preparedness by its Covid-19 activity pressure confirmed that one week extra was wanted to excellent the protocols. Academics, nonetheless, will go forward to renew on Monday, 29th June, and the pupils one week later.
Minister of State for Training Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba had counselled the Oyo authorities towards reopening colleges now, saying such transfer might gas Covid-19 infections within the state. At a gathering with Senate Committee on Fundamental and Secondary Training on Tuesday he reiterated this counsel questioning why the Oyo authorities that’s presently battling spiraling Covid-19 infections is keen to reopen its colleges whereas neighbouring states are exercising warning.
He isn’t alone on this view. Oyo State chapters of the Nigerian Union of Academics (NUT) and Nigeria Bar Affiliation (NBA) in addition to Senator Teslim Folarin representing Oyo Central district, amongst others, had suggested towards the plan.
The curious factor is: there isn’t something pressing to warrant a make-or-break reopening of colleges in Oyo State by the Makinde administration. Entrance exams into secondary colleges are on maintain for Main Six College students courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic, so additionally the West African Faculty Certificates (WASC) and the Nationwide Examinations Council (NECO) exams for the secondary exit class. Truly, the Training minister of state, on Monday, indicated that his ministry is in talks with related examination our bodies on how exit yr college students might sit their exams. He added that plans have been being labored out to recall pupils affected to high school for revision forward of the willpower of dates for the exams.
So, what’s the frenzy? The one factor that may very well be driving the Oyo authorities is a way of statutory entitlement to do what it plans to do. However potential adversarial penalties of this resolution make the ego journey so costly. It isn’t definitely worth the danger, your excellency.