It Is Clear The Government Does Not Care About Nigerian Students

August 20, 2020

Political campaigns are going on. Elections have been scheduled. Religious worship houses have resumed. Airports are open. Markets are open. But the average Nigerian kid is still rolling tires and has not been in a classroom at least since March. There’s no sort of plan by the government for the resumption of their education, and we are wondering who exactly students offended in this politically charged country?

When will students learn actively again? Any ideas?

On August 20, the Ministry of of Education released yet another set of guidelines to schools before and when when they reopen, including the training of teachers and other personnel on safety and hygiene measures, establishment of a Covid-19 referral system, availability of ambulance services to testing/isolation/treatment centres including the state government facilities, etc. Many conditions that the average mom and pop schools won’t even meet.

But schools physically reopening is not even the bigger issue here. Look, we will all be fine if kids are at home but they aren’t spreading or getting any virus. But that is if they are also learning at home. But Nigeria has no infrastructure whatsoever for kids to learn online, or from home. So most students are stuck at the same point since March – learning nothing. Just vibes and Insha Allah.

At this point we need to ask what is really going on. Where is the plan for our students to resume learning again? Does the government have any?

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Doyin Olagunju

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