The National Association of Nigerian Students south – west zone D chapter urged the federal government to reopen schools in a statement signed by the association’s spokesperson Kazeem Olalekan Israel who lamented how the federal government neglected the educational sector for a long time by refusing to invest in education hence its deteriorating nature.
NANS called on government at all levels across Nigeria to invest in the educational sector and to see to it that tuition fees of students from tertiary institutions down to the pupils in the primary level should be slashed by 60 to 70% saying that this gesture should be the palliative to be given to the learners and if possible scholarships should be provided as well due to the fact that many parents loss their jobs due to Covid 19 pandemic and the government should not make learners pay for the period at which they stayed at home.
The body also endure the government to negotiate with NUC, NAPTEB, ASUP, COEASU, ASSU, UBE and other academic bodies to strategise on engaging the students and pupils either through the online platforms of physically. NAN also asked TETFUND to look into funding selected students across all tertiary institutions just the way they do with lecturers.
The body went further to employ learners across the federation to mount pressure on the government to reopen schools.