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Covid-19 And Nigeria’s Education Crisis: Afenifere’s Stinging Rebuke And What Ivory Coast Did To Reopen It’s Schools

The Oasis Reporters

July 11, 2020

File photo of what a school in Ivory Coast would do before it is allowed to resume – social distancing.


Masks for all the school children.


The country’s Education minister was on hand to instruct the pupils on how to ensure compliance on face mask wearing at home by their parents.


While Nigeria is still unsure whether to reopen schools or not, Ivory Coast has gone ahead with the reopening of institutions of learning.

First, all the necessary conditionalities where put in place to satisfy local Covid-19 protocols like the importation of millions of face masks for all pupils and teachers.

Besides that, hand washing points were put in place, temperature being taken and social distancing rules put in place to avoid overcrowding in classrooms, and schools resumed because the former French colony in West Africa opened the classrooms because they do not want an illiterate population and they realized that Coronavirus is here to stay in the world for the long time.

Unlike the fearful stance of West Africa’s biggest nation, Nigeria.

The pan Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere from the education loving South West says:

WAEC Exams And Disintegrated Government

The open countermand of the directive of the PTF boss Mr Boss Mustapha June 30 that schools shouid resume ahead of August 4 WAEC Exams start by the Education Minister, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, is yet another reason to know that we are burdened with a disintegrated government in Nigeria.

It is not comprehensible that the PTF would go and announce that schools should go and resume without consultation with the Ministry of Education and that the Minister will come on TV and be stamping his feet ‘nobody will tell us when we are to open until we are ready’ if we have an integrated government.

The disaster of everyone holding his or her corner under this regime and behaving as if they represent different governments has become a daily occurrence.
It has now become a sore point that the total lack of coordination and direction is making governance a joke.

If Afenifere can offer them consultation without a fee, what a serious government should have done is to put the interest of the people first before the petty egos of little men in power.

Since the August 4 date is a bit away, Nigeria shouid call a meeting of the West African countries involved and WAEC to manage the examinations in the interest of the students without compromising their health.

This is how a government should be run to show it cares for the public.
The way our officials conduct themselves is becoming just too shameful.

We advise Mr President to manage his men so our students are not made to lose a session to ego fights of our officials.

Yinka Odumakin
National Publicity Secretary.


Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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