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Thousands Of Nigerian Students Protest FG's Decision To Cancel WASSCE And Continued Closure Of Schools

Posted by Thandiubani on Fri 17th Jul, 2020 - tori.ng

Federal government's decision to close down schools has caused serious apprehension among students.

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
 
Thousands of Nigerian students have gone online using social media platforms to protest on Friday over Federal Government directives against school resumption, following an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.
 
Recall that on July 8, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had suspended Nigerians students from participating in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, earlier scheduled for August 4.
 
According to the minister, it is preferable for the students to lose an academic year than to be exposed to COVID-19.
 
The students in the early hours of Friday on Twitter, used the hashtag #SAVENIGERIANSTUDENTS to express their bitterness over the continued closure of schools by the government.
 
While some of the protesters hurled insults at the government for cancelling national examinations, others begged the authorities to reconsider their stance.
 
One of the protesters, Akinsolare John, under the hashtag said: “God no go shame us oo… FG we dey beg una oo. I say NO to lose an academic year!!! I say YES to safe reopening of schools!!!”
 
Another user, Ms Beebah, said: “It is safe to open markets It is safe to open airports It is safe to hold elections It is safe to open banks But it’s not safe to open schools, Should we say it’s because the educational sector doesn’t generate money for the Government. WeAreTired!!!!”
 
Lucky Jack, on his part, said: “It’s a shame that election and religious activities have resumed but the institutions for building the foundation for national development is still barred from resuming activities.
 
Ifeoluwa Akindumila said: “If Market can reopen, Churches can reopen, Political Campaign can take place, and Election can take place. Nothing should stop our School to reopen.
 
Another with a handle, BnAttahir3, said: “No to lose an academic year, we’re safe on campuses and more exposed to danger when At the markets, Parks, and hotels. Savenigerianstudents.”
 


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