ABEOKUTA – An educationists, Professor Helen Bodunde has called on the federal and state governments to be cautious on the reopening of schools as some of the private schools’ proprietors are possibly not ready for re-opening.
The Don while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta recently hinted that not all private schools could cope with the Covid-19 protocol for reopening of schools.
The President of Education, Gender, Youths and Family Network (EDUGUF-N ), a non-profit organisation based in Abeokuta, Ogun state noted that “resources will not permit all private schools to obey the precautionary measures against COVID-19 while the government also lack the manpower to monitor all the schools for compliance.”
She noted that experience have revealed that government efforts would be on compliance of the big private schools while no life of a child is worth sacrificing in the rural and the hinterland.
Bodunde noted that many states failed in monitoring the compliance in earlier reopened sectors such as transportation, market and other public places.
The Professor of Teaching English as second Language stressed that life is more important than the proposed hasty reopening of schools.
She advised the stakeholders to learn from the experiences of other countries like South Africa by exercising restraint in yielding to the pressure of the few proprietors calling for the reopening of schools while she also urged parents to speak out.