Saturday, 20 September 2014

Ebola: No Schools On Monday- Ogun State Teachers

The ​Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Ogun State Chapter​,​ has declared that it would not comply with the Federal Government schools resumption date of September 2​2 until adequate preventive measures are put in place to forestall the outbreak of the dreaded Ebola Virus Diseases in public schools in the state, Premium Times reported.

The ​​teachers​’​ declaration came Friday just as the Ogun State Government announced the postpon​e​ment of schools resumption date till October 8 as it was not interested in gambling with the future and health of the pupils.

The teachers’ position was contained in a statement at the end of their meeting held in Abeokuta.
The union’s state chairman, Dare Ilekoya, added that the step was to protect the teachers and the pupils from contacting the dreaded disease.

“In the meeting held today (Friday), we have resolved that all teachers in both primary and secondary schools in Ogun State should stay at home indefinitely until the state government provides all gadgets specified by the Federal Government to curtail the spread of Ebola,” he stated.

“NUT as a good partner with the state government humbly suggests that resumption date should be shifted forward to enable government provide the requirements.

“We did not want to take chances, because there is no cure for Ebola yet. We have resolved that until necessary gadgets such as infrared thermometers, potable water, sanitisers, protective gloves are provided in schools, we will not resume.”

Mr. Ilekoya, while appreciating the state government efforts of training teachers on how to handle the outbreak of the EVD, said teachers should wait for further directives on this matter.

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