THE Federal Government is to meet with the leadership of the NUT today, on how to resolve the impasse over resumption of primary and secondary schools.
NUT had, in the aftermath of outbreak of Ebola virus disease, last week Thursday, directed its members nationwide to sit at home today and ignore the resumption date announced by the Federal Government.
Michael Olukoya, national president of NUT, insisted that primary and secondary schools across the country must remain shut until October 13, when both federal and state governments would have put necessary mechanism in place to prevent the spread of the virus in schools.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine, however, gathered that the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has invited NUT leadership to a meeting to be held today at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.
NUT Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Hwande, confirmed the receipt of the notice of the meeting.
He, however, said NUT had never been opposed to dialogue, but said the concerns of the teachers were that necessary preventive and protective gadgets had not been put in place to check the spread of the disease.
Hwande said the earlier directive by the leadership of NUT for teachers not to resume to classrooms today still stands.
Olukoya, at the press conference, noted that the dream of the union was to see all things put in place to protect the teachers and school children from being infected in the school.
“The NUT is strongly of the opinion that it is better to delay the resumption of school till October 13, even when the scourge would have been off months ago, than rush and open schools only to be faced with attacks of Ebola in the schools,” he said.
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