NMA frowns at FG’s resumption directive for exit class pupils

The Nigerian Medical Association has expressed reservations on the Federal Government’s directives on the resumption of school for graduating pupils effective August 4 to enable them undergo two weeks revision.

This comes after the Federal Government announced on Monday that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will begin on August 17.

But doctors said they feared for pupils’ safety because of the unbating COVID-19 pandemic.

President of the NMA Prof. Innocent Ujah, told The Nation that while the children should not be kept at home forever, it is also unwise to expose them to danger.

He said: “At the moment we have not been told what new thing they have done – either the government, the private schools or the proprietors, to ensure the safety of the students. It is only the living that goes to school.

“Nobody knows the course of COVID-19, but then we need to be prepared. We must be very cautious and we must temporise (avoid making a decision or committing oneself in order to gain time).

“If the students are going to school, how are we prepared to ensure that they are protected from COVID-19? We need to be told in clear terms.

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