Education Ministry Warns Against Premature Closure of Schools

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Education Minister Ansu Sonii has strongly warned against the premature closure of Schools across the Country.

Minister Sonii said, closing schools before the stipulated timeframe is tantamount to undermining the current efforts  by education authorities in Liberia.

According to him, the Education Ministry will not hesitate to institute the necessary actions against any school found in violation.

“Don’t shut down the school and say Covid, we have already talked about the Covid issue, please keep the children in their schools, teach them their lessons and complete the content of the curriculum,” he stressed.

Minister Sonii said, students are to remain in school to complete the critical content of the curriculum before the climax of the academic year.

He made specific reference to private schools, who he said, are always found violating the instituted policies.

“If you are shortening the school year, then I know for fact that you are not teaching the people’s children anything you just collecting money, you can’t teach ten months lesson in seven months” he maintains.

He is however urging school authorities to go by the re-adjusted calendar recently released by the Ministry in the wake of the third wave of the covid-19 pandemic.

Already, kindergarten students have closed as per the new guildlines recently crafted by education authorities.

Our reporter said Elementary and Junior high schools are expected to remain in session until the first week in August.

Meanwhile, Minister Sonii has assured students that this year’s WAEC will not be cancelled despite ongoing delay.

Minister Sonii said, despite the delay, the Ministry along with WAEC office in Monrovia will administer the exams on a new date to be announce soon.

“One thing for sure, the exams can’t be cancelled that’s one understanding we have got with WAEC office” he noted.

The exams were recently suspended following the sinking of a vessel that was carrying nine of WAEC staffs and exam materials in Southeastern Liberia.

Since the sinking of the Niko Ivanka vessel via the coast of Marshall on 17 July 2021,  only one staff of WAEC has been accounted for.

The remaining persons are presumed to be missing or unaccounted for.

Twelve persons have so far been rescued by the Liberia coast guard from the vessel.

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