Primary schools in Lagos State will not resume on September 21, the state government said on Thursday, as it adopts phase re-opening of schools.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had said recently that primary and secondary schools in Lagos State would resume on September 21, but said the date would be tentative.
Special Adviser on Education to the Governor, Tokunbo Wahab, in an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said even though it was announced that schools would reopen on September 21, it would be done in phases.
“Primary school will not open on 21st, those in primary six will be promoted to JSS 1 using their assessment, while those in SS2 and SSI will resume for few weeks and we see how it goes first and then JSS 3 and others. It is going to be a phase resumption,” he said.
He said the phased resumption would begin on September 14 with tertiary institutions, starting with final year students.
Wahab said after their examination, those in penultimate year could resume.
“We will start with our final year students, we will not put all our students on campus at the same time. We have visited all the schools in Lagos State and we have put in place requirements that will enable them be safe. All will not come at the same time,” he said.
ASUU agrees to call off strike as FG agrees to pay the union N70bn
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to call off its strike which has lasted for 8 months.
The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Friday, Nov 27, in Abuja.
The FG also pledged to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.
This comes one week after the FG accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
Strike: FG begins registration of ASUU’s rival union
Amid the ongoing 10-month old strike undertaken by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government has commenced the process of registering a rival union.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige disclosed this when the leadership of Congress of University Academics (CONUA) led by its National Coordinator, Niyi Sunmonu, paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday November 19.
The Minister regretted the long strike by ASUU which he said has negatively affected the educational development of the country.
“We are receiving you in audience formally today in this ministry. We have the right to receive associations of persons that are workers, whether we have registered them or not, just as you have the right to apply for registration which is the lawful thing to do.
“We have the right to receive and hold meetings with you. The journey to have you registered has just started.
“You have done the right thing by applying and this ministry has also done the right thing by processing your registration.
“The review of your application for registration is ongoing. I have put up a committee to look into that review. I will ask the committee to wind up its work.
“We are giving them four weeks from today to turn in their report to the ministry.
“Part of our job here is to register unions; it is also part of our job to make sure that unions that are not functional are helped.”
Ngige also commended the university lecturers for initiating the process to register the union.
ASUU denies suspending strike and reveals that FG has said it will resume meetings with them
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied reports that it has suspended the indefinite strike action.
This denial comes after a statement started making the rounds online with the subject, “Notice of suspension of ASUU indefinite strike action of all member universities across Nigeria.”
ASUU shared a screenshot of the statement on Twitter and called it “fake news”.
It added that, “The Federal Government has said it will resume meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Friday.
“The Ministry of Labour and Employment disclosed this on Wednesday night.”
The statement from ASUU continues: “The parley is expected to address various pending issues, including the contentious payment platform preferred by the union.”
Read the rest of ASUU’s tweets below.