Covid-19: Teachers in US protest reopening of schools, carry out fake funeral ceremony in demonstration (photos)
- Teachers in Tennessee under the aegis of MNEA are protesting the reopening of schools, saying it is not safe
- In a bold demonstration of their concern, they carried out a mock funeral as they drove by the state governor's residence
- The group also said that they will only return to school if there have not been new cases in two weeks
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A group of US teachers in Tennessee has demonstrated against the plan to reopen school amid coronavirus outbreak.
Newsweek reports that the teachers held a mock funeral ceremony in a procession they tagged Die In Vigil held at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Monday, July 27.
The educator organized the protest under the aegis called Metro Nashville Education Association (MNEA).
"We refuse to sit by idly while our colleagues in other districts prepare for the school year by making wills and writing farewell letters to their loved ones. This is completely unacceptable, cruel, and insane," MNEA said.
They drove in cars in a long procession past the house of the state governor, Bill Lee, so that he could see their concerns.
A collage showing the state governor, the state governor, and shots from the protest. Photos sources: Nashville Radio/Tennessean
The president of the association, Amanda Kail, said the teachers would feel safe on the condition that classes are done virtually and make plans to return to school once there are no new cases in 14 days.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian government has finally made U-turn on his earlier decision regarding participation in the forthcoming West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
A statement by the Federal Ministry of Education on Monday, July 27, announced that secondary schools in the country will reopen on Tuesday, August 4.
The reopening is, however, only for students in exit classes to sit for their examination. The government said students will have two weeks to prepare for the WASSCE, the exit examination administered by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
In other news, the US accused China-linked hackers of targeting organisations that are researching the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it had seen hacking attempts on US groups researching vaccines, treatments and testing which are traced to China.
It was gathered that the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a joint warning on Wednesday, May 13, over the development.
The government departments warned that "healthcare, pharmac'eutical and research sectors working on Covid-19 response should all be aware they are prime targets" of hackers.
The cyber-thieves had "been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property and public health data" on treating the coronavirus, the statement added.
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