Florida’s main teacher’s union on Monday sued Governor Ron DeSantis and other authorities to stop schools from reopening in August, as the state has become a US epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Florida Education Association, which represents 140,000 teachers, says the state constitution asserts that schools must provide a “safe and secure” environment, but that the COVID-19 resurgence “is remarkable and out of control.”
Florida reported 10,347 new COVID-19 cases and 90 deaths on Monday, bringing the total death toll to 5,072.
More than 9,500 novel coronavirus patients have been hospitalized and just 18 per cent of intensive care beds are available, officials say.
DeSantis “needs a reality check,” said FEA President Fedrick Ingram.
“Everyone wants schools to reopen, but we don’t want to begin in-person teaching, face an explosion of cases and sickness, then be forced to return to distance learning,” he said.
The lawsuit calls on DeSantis, state education commissioner Richard Corcoran and the mayor of Miami county to desist “from unnecessarily and unconstitutionally forcing millions of public-school students and employees to report to unsafe brick and mortar schools.”
On July 6, Corcoran ordered schools to reopen for the academic year that begins in August, unleashing a tsunami of protests from parents, teachers and paediatricians.
DeSantis said that children have a low probability of contracting COVID-19, without mentioning that even asymptomatic children can infect adults.
He also said that he would have no problem sending his kids to school — if he had school-age children.
– Demand for plasma –
The situation is so dire that DeSantis pleaded for COVID-19 survivors to donate blood plasma to help save lives, as supplies of antiviral drugs run short.
The governor, who has come under fire for his handling of the public health response and his opposition to ordering people to wear face masks, was interrupted by protesters chanting, “You’re lying,” as he made the appeal at the OneBlood donor centre in Orlando.
Raising his voice over activists banging at the door, DeSantis called on Floridians to take tests for antibodies and to donate plasma if they test positive.
“There are people that had this with no symptoms a month or two ago that will have antibodies that can be used for this,” the Republican governor said.
Lines of people hoping to get tested, however, can stretch for almost a mile, and the results take seven to 10 days to come back, during which time contagious people can easily infect others.
Plasma transfers have shown encouraging results in hospital patients, as the so-called “convalescent plasma” can be used to help infected people develop antibodies that stay in their own blood.
“The demand is currently unprecedented, it’s a revolving door,” said OneBlood president George Scholl.
“As quickly as the plasma comes in, it goes back out because that is the importance of the need,” he said.
2020/2021 UNIZIK POST UTME: Candidates to upload their O’level results (See How)
NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
2020/2021 UNIZIK POST-UTME/DE CANDIDATES O’LEVEL RESULT UPLOAD
This is to inform all prospective UTME/DE candidates of Nnamdi Azikiwe University and all her affiliate institutions who have successfully registered for the 2020/2021 Post-UTME/DE screening examination to visit the University website Portal.unizik.edu.ng and upload their O’ level result/s.
The exercise will last for only two (2) weeks from Friday 26th February, 2021 to Wednesday 10th March, 2021.
To upload the O’ level result/s follow the guidelines below:
On the login page:
Enter your JAMB reg number as your username
Enter your phone number as the password. (the exact number you used in registering for the Post-UTME)
If you cannot remember the phone number you used during your Post-UTME application, click on “recover password” and enter in the email address you used during your Post-UTME registration. If also you do not remember same, send a request to support.unizik.edu.ng for a recovery of your login details.
After logging in:
Go to Results ( Add results
On the Add Results page, fill in your Exam Name, Year, Center Name and Exam Number and click on Continue
on the next page, fill in the results you got for your O’ level examination and click on Submit Form to upload your submitted results.
Repeat same process if you wish to submit another result (Note that you are only permitted to submit two results)
(please note that any false information submitted could automatically disqualify you)
Click on upload result to upload the scanned copy of your original result
To view, edit, or delete submitted results, click on Results then click on My Results
To edit, click on the Edit icon under Actions, and to delete, click on the Waste bin icon under Action
To print out a copy of your submission, click on Dashboard, then click on the Print icon at the top-right corner. This will take you to a page listing your details plus all submitted results. Click again on the Print icon to print the displayed document.
To log out, click on the Logout button.
Barr. Philomena Okoye
Uniabuja Students Beat Lecturer After Exams (Video)
Uniabuja Students Beat Lecturer After Exams (Video)
According to eye-withness (name withheld), a university of Abuja banking and finance lecturer was beaten today after exams by students of his department for collecting answer scripts after 45 miniutes for a 3 hours exams…
Exam that was suppose to commence and last for 3 hours was cut shut to 45 minutes for no reason at all, so that provoked the students into unleashing mayhem on the lecturer who was beaten black blue…
Watch video below…
Kwara Is Muslim State, Take Your Missionary Schools To Rivers – Islamic Group Warns
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has warned that it would not fold its hands and watch Muslim students being persecuted in Kwara State.
MURIC said that Kwara is a predominantly Muslim State, advising missionary school owners to take their business to Rivers State instead of trying to change the identity of Muslim children by force, adding that Governor Nyesom Wike is waiting with open arms to accept them..
The group was reacting to the hijab imbroglio going on in the State, wherein some public school teachers were said to have forced female Muslim students to remove their hijab within the school premises.
The development has generated controversy across the State, leading to the closure of ten schools by the State government.
Wading into the matter, MURIC has vowed to take all necessary constitutional measures to stop the oppression of innocent female Muslim pupils across Kwara State.
The position of the Islamic human rights group was contained in a statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
According to MURIC, “On our own part, we will not allow… evil to prevail in Kwara as they did in some states in the South West on the issue of hijab.
“The authorities of those ten missionary schools should be ashamed of behaving like oppressors and slave masters.
“Yes. We say it boldly, loudly and clearly. Kwara is a predominantly Muslim state. It is absolutely absurd for any group to think it can subject Muslim children to oppression in such a place. Infra dignitatem.
“Take your missionary schools to Rivers State if you want to change the identity of Muslim children by force. Nyesom Wike is waiting with open arms to accept you.
“Afterwards he has illegally declared his state a Christian state in violation of and to the chagrin of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But not in Kwara State.”
The group called on Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to shun all illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional compromises that could provoke Kwara Muslims in the State.
The Islamic rights advocacy group said it would not surrender its fight but would take all necessary constitutional actions to ensure that female Muslim students used their hijab.
Source – Daily Post
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