The Nigerian education sector has suffered further setback as the #EndSars uprising rages across the nation as wild harmattan fire.
Recently, some Nigerian states have lifted ban on schools which were under locks and keys because of the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic that literally brought the entire world to its knees since the wee hour of 2020.
While the Federal Government has ordered that schools should open for the exit classes in the primary and secondary levels, the rest of the sections from primary to tertiary institutions were still in the limbo. Last month, many states threw their school doors open for pupils to return to classes. Tertiary schools still had yet to resume, no thanks to the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since March this year.
As of last week, the federal government was still in talks with ASUU for a possible resolution of the imbroglio. In fact, the meeting between the two parties was rescheduled for last Friday when ASUU was supposed to receive government’s verdict on its payment platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which was being test-run by the federal government. Everything had really looked up as students were upbeat that they would soon return to school.
That however, was not to be as the #EndSars protest has already dowsed the hope and dampened the expectation of immediate reopening of schools. As of yesterday, the Edo State government has declared 24 hour curfew, meaning no movement, no schools. Last night, Lagos State government has announced closure of schools and imposition of curfew from 4.00 p.m till dawn. As the protest escalates, more states will shut down schools.
This is a terrible blow to the already wounded education sector in Nigeria.
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