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Vox Pop: Should Schools Resume On Monday?

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After six months of staying indoors due to coronavirus-induced lockdown in Lagos, the government announced that schools in the state should resume. Primary and secondary schools are expected to resume from September 21, 2020.

With the dates for resumption firmly fixed, parents and guardians are excited about their children returning back to school while others are concerned about the safety of their children, especially during this difficult period.

Information Nigeria reached out to various respondents on Facebook regarding the reopening of schools and if they support the current situation.

Stephanie Onyekachi

If school should resume now, how do the poor ones go back to school, some parents have been sacked from their working places and some of the market women exhausted their foodstuffs while at home with their family? So my question is if school just resume now how will those students depending on their parents that fall into this category of people cope. Please I need response. School should reopen, God will protect us. We can not continue staying at home.

Gasi Faith

Please open schools, let everything go back to normal. Ordinary palliative we didn’t get from our government, they should do the needful.

Nneka Anthonia

Reopening is not a problem, but what will be the problem is if the government cannot provide the basic necessaries to help contain the spread. They need to help the school 100% at this time.

Hadeygboyega Holuwachemy

Please school should be reopened as soon as possible because private school teachers are just struggling to survive with their families. Imagine no salary to earn for the past six months yet nothing is being done. In this Nigeria, you struggle to be a graduate at the end of the day there are no good jobs. Please school should open.

Happiness Chinenye

Let University reopen for now, the children can stay at home, they are too young to know where and how to avoid close contact.

Kester Abosede

My own opinion is we should hold on a bit until we study the impact the opening of the airports will have on the country since the pandemic came from abroad initially. Let us wait and see first before allowing our children go back to school.

Muhtar Ali Muhammad

What other options do we have rather than just reopen the schools like that and at the Mercy of GOD? When ASUU were complaining of inadequate TEACHING AND LEARNING materials in our tertiary institutions virtually no one took them seriously, now that students seat on each other’s shoulders to take lectures in congested lecture halls when at least a 2m social spacing is required in this covid19 era WHAT DO WE DO as we can’t afford to close SCHOOLS forever.

Omo Ighodaro

Don’t this same children we are talking about go with their parents to the market, shops, churches, social gathering and others? Have they died? Campaign here and there. How many people have been reported dead? Please they should stop deceiving themselves and allow the kids go back to school. The children are tired of staying at home.

Instructor Ridwan Kazeem

I don’t need to answer this, go to market and see what those market women are doing about social distancing. The same market women will go back to meet (in close contact) with their children that the so called government in their own mind protecting us from the virus.

Ikioda Semira Helen

The government should reopen schools. There is no COVID-19 in Nigeria, they should stop deceiving themselves. The so-called children they said they are protecting goes out on a daily basis. Most of them even follow their parents to shops for the Igbos and moreover children are highly immune to this virus. Government should open schools and stop wasting our time. Other countries that had worse cases had already opened their economy. Nigeria is just filled with clueless and confused leaders that do not know the value of education.

Florence Nwachukwu

Since everything else is reopening, schools should not be an exception.

Godpower David

If politicians can campaign with large crowds without observing the social distancing rule, there is no need to panic about the re-opening of schools since students will observe social distancing in the classrooms.

Emmy Collins

The reopening of schools is not a bad idea as long as all the COVID-19 safety protocols are observed. Moreover, where is the research for the cure of COVID-19 supposed to be carried out if not in our universities, the federal and state government should give grants and aids for schools to go into research for the pandemic and put a price for successful results.

Tindi Gladys Dooshima

Judging from the resumption of exit classes for the last four weeks, am sure schools can reopen. There hasn’t been any case of Corona virus within my school or the schools within my locality. This prolonged stay at home isn’t funny for private school teachers.

Deji Olamide

I support the reopening of the schools even though some of my classes are taken via Zoom. Truth be told, this new platform has affected the syllabus especially because some teachers are not well-equipped and do not enough access to the internet. Also, the teachers are not used to this form of teaching over the platform. Some of my classes have been cancelled because the teachers either had network problems or technical difficulties.

Anwuli Ejiofor, civil servant 

The reopening of school is not a bad idea because it is not easy for parents to handle both their jobs as well as their children’s education at the same time. I’ve been homeschooling my kids over the past few months and it’s been a struggle.

Chukwura Precious Chizoba

Have those children, who have written their exams in school, been infected?

Currently, Primary six and Jss3 have been attending schools and nothing has happened. They should please open school.

Phoebe Aderibigbe

I don’t know how to feel. I see countless parties on social media, churches taking the right precautions. lots of mixed messages. I’m not sure there’s a strategy here.

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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied reports suggesting that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Federal Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday, November 27.

Recall that the union and the Federal Government had reached an agreement to call off the ongoing ASUU strike after the government reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances and funding for the revitalization of public universities to N70 billion.

Reacting to the report, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President has denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike.

Also Read: ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike As FG Increases Payment To N70b

He stressed that at the meeting, it was only agreed that the union should convey the Government message to their organs and get back to Government.

The ASUU President told reporters on Saturday morning: ” I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of the strike.”

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ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike As FG Increases Payment To N70b

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday agreed to call off their eight-month-old strike.

The decision was reached during a meeting in Abuja between the union and the federal government delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

Also Read: I Have Three Of My Biological Children In Nigeria Public Universities -Ngige Blows Hot As ASUU Strike Continues

Based on agreements between the two parties, the government also promised to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.

The government stated that it would pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system to bring the total to N70 billion.

The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 4.

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Online examinations and their security with navigation control

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Since our movement into the online examination ecosystem, test takers go on to showcase exceptional levels of creativity when it comes to the question on how to crack an exam. In fact there has to be a visible transformation on how candidates plan to pass the exams with flying colours. In the midst of this the candidates end up resorting to some common ways where they end up cheating during an exam

  • Impersonation- Once you use an impersonator or a proxy opting for online exams is a common type of cheating. Students are bound to leverage with the inability of the invigilator to figure out the real exam test takers.
  • External help – you might end up seeking help from friends or relatives who might be sitting beside the monitor. Holding placards with answers is another way where you can cheat during an exam
  • Employment of digital device- smartphones, Bluetooth devices are some of the common ways by which you can cheat during the course of an online exam. They are put to use in order to surf on the web or when you receive information.

Such assertions do not indicate acts of dishonesty in any manner. A proctored exam is going to be of immense help during the course of an exam. A common perception exists that cheating in an online exam is a lot easier than a traditional exam. In a way students employ tactics so they have to succeed academically without the need to be working hard.

But with the use of technology the exams are bound to become cheat free. The question that come to the fore is how honest is the person who is appearing for an exam than merely answering the exam. With the use of proctoring technologies you are in a position to cope up with this issue and the robust features enable the institutes to secure their online examination while maintaining integrity.

Another point of consensus is how it is possible to remote monitor things on what happens in the backdrop of a computer screen. There is no need for them to be aware on what is happening in the backdrop. But still the hack list that is adopted by students works out to be expensive. Still this logic does not hold any value and cheating is a common act.

The type of cheating on the screen

Copy paste

In a conventional exam one of the common types of cheating works out to be copy paste. Be it keeping the answers already who are in document mode or the study material from a separate document, such traditional forms of cheating have gone on to evoke positive response among the students. To be glued to the screen is also a way of misleading an invigilator who does not possess any type of information while observing the screen. He is not going to flag it off as a major cause of concern.

Mirror and screen sharing

When you are sitting for an exam from a remote location, candidates often end up relying on multiple software and the use of mirror apps does appear to be one of them. By the use of this app it allows another person access to the screen of the computer and they can give you answers. Even the students are known to be using Google docs during the course of tests where they go on to review or edit the response of other person and then share it with the invigilators.

Online browsing

With the power of the internet online cheating has gone on to become a walk in the park. An individual who relies on an unfair means is going to switch from an exam, as it can be the use of  various websites , social media sites or other sources choices to locate answers of their choice. Just you have to past the answers on to the URL and figure out the best solution from where you can plagiarize the answers.

Relying on the use of external devices

For example the likes of USD or a blue tooth device is easy to conceal and it makes them difficult to detect. Even the smart devices work out to be standard devices when it comes to the question of on screen cheating. Be it before or during the course of the test the students are going to plug it for their easy use.

Another possibility is to configure your computer with blue tooth before you sit for the exam. Even directly copying from them is easy for the tech centric students. A secure exam browser might be of help in such cases. This same logic holds true for blue tooth integrated devices or smart watches that rely on providing answers to the students.

Task switching

Regularly switching from one screen to another is a method of cheating that works out to be a common task. Even you are going to use keyboards or short cut controls that enables the task of cheating and makes them accessible in an easy way.

The worst part is that students continue to exploit the vulnerabilities despite the fact that there are proper control mechanisms in place so as to curb cheating. But once you adopt technology it goes a long way in making the exams safe and secure. There is no need to regularly deploy the IT staff or the browser of the student so as to adhere to the rules. There is a need to formulate a solution that integrates with the students need during the course of an examination. In fact the need of the hour is a robust and a credible platform that goes full out to prevent the possibility of mishaps during the exams. Not only it means deployment of technology but it is going to prevent any form of violation during the exam. There are a series of software that restricts the possibility of cheating to a major
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