The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has backed the federal government’s decision to stop Senior Secondary School 3 pupils from writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination earlier scheduled to commence on August 4.

President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking to newsmen on the issue, suggested that academic activities should be put on hold till next year due to the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Professor Ogunyemi said no reasonable government would take such chances unless parents would be told to sign an undertaking.

Ogunyemi said, “Look, Kenya has said they have closed all their schools till next year (2021); they too have exams to write. Safety first. If it means closing the schools until next year to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians, so be it.

“If that will help us to address cases that can lead to increase in mortality, I think Nigerians should go that way and all of us should see reason for it. If they need to cancel admission for the year, it is good for them. Life matters first, people must have life first before they can go to university. Are the universities ready to work now?

“Our position is that they should not experiment with the lives of our children. Nobody can tell; the situation may soon normalise and they can do their exams and there is another opportunity for external candidates around November. So, it’s not as if the door is totally closed.”

The ASUU president maintained that the union had not seen any evidence to show that schools were secured for students to go back.

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