Ondo State have resolved to resume for the new academic session on Monday, September 22.
This followed the agreement reached by the national body of Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, (ASUSS)with all relevant stakeholders.
A statement signed by its state chairman, Dayo Adebiyi and Public Relations Officer (PRO) Tajudeen Balogun said ?We have watched with keen interest the actions and reactions of all stakeholders on this issue.
?We must mention particularly the case of the President of Proprietors of Private Schools in Lagos State, Mr. Yomi Otubela, who led his organisation to stampede the Federal Government into bringing the initial October 13 2014 resumption date back to September 22.
?He now agrees that the new date is okay with them as there are no new cases of the virus in the country and even the latest reaction of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) which had earlier disagreed with the Minister of Education but has since agreed to the new date based on the reality on ground.
?Also, the Honourable Minister of Health has equally given the support of the health ministry to the new date by confirming that there is no single case of Ebola in Nigeria again.
?Relying on these new
reactions, the National body of ASUSS met and reviewed the whole situation and came to the conclusion that for now, the coast is clear for all Secondary School tutors to resume.
?It went further that in order to take care of any eventuality, State Governments should as a matter of compulsion and urgency train selected school personnel that will be saddled with the responsibility of taking care of any emergency case involving students or any school staff.
?We are aware that in our own state here the training, even though it came late, has taken off from Akure.
?Since the few cases of this disease discovered in Nigeria have been stamped out and the training is going on in Ondo State, the State Central Working Committee (SCWC) of ASUSS met to review the whole case as it affects Ondo State.
?In order not to waste the remaining weeks for teaching and learning in our Secondary Schools for the first term in a new session, the SCWC agreed that directive should be given to our members to resume normal academic activities on the date agreed to by the
Federal Ministries of Health and Education and has also been adopted by the Government of Ondo State.
?From the foregoing, Secondary School tutors in Ondo State are hereby directed to resume normal school activities whether academic or administrative on Monday September 22, 2014″.
The teachers however reminded the government that all trainings across the three Senatorial districts must be completed and quality should not be compromised.
They equally called for provision of all materials like scanners, sanitizers without failure which may be forced to review their present stand.