Reopening Of Schools Remains Unclear

The much-anticipated reopening of schools in the country following the significant gains against the deadly Ebola virus remains unclear as the Ministry of Education has sent out two separate announcements with different dates.

One of the Education Ministry’s announcements which was written without date, letter head or stamp, states that “The Ministryof Education reiterates that the official date for the commencement of classes for all schools remains February 16, 2015.

The announcement under the signatures of J. MaximeBleetahn, Director of Communication and Atty. Ramses T. Kumbuyah, Deputy Minister for Administration further advised school authorities to adhere to the protocols for safe school environment.

In another announcement dated February 10, 2015 and signed by J. ShannorGoe, Acting Director of Communication and Atty. Ramses T. Kumbuyah, Deputy Minister for Administration informed the public that “Due to numerous appeals from school administrators, parents and other stakeholders, the commencement of classes have now been scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015.

The announcement went on, “Meanwhile, school authorities are urged to complete all outstanding orientation activities for teachers and students including Refresher and Ebola Training workshops.

With the two conflicting information from the Ministry of Education, parents and others are confused over the timetable of the reopening of schools in the country. Some of those spoken to want the Ministry to be clear on the information of the reopening of schools as many anticipate the reopening of schools on March 2, 2015 as stipulated in the latest announcement. Morrison O.G. Sayon writes

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