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Reopening of schools postponed indefinitely

- Principals and parents advised to comply

By Josephine A. Seppeh (Intern)

Following the escalating trend the Ebola outbreak has taken since the disease was confirmed in the country in May, affecting all sectors of life, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has indefinitely postponed the re-opening of schools across the country.

According to a press release from the Office of the Government Spokesman dated 14 August 2014 (yesterday), all educational activities including the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), private WASSCE, summer schools and the re-opening of schools, have been suspended indefinitely until the Ebola virus is contained.

“The re-opening of all schools across the country in September depends largely on how far the Ebola virus disease has been contained,” the release stated. “As a matter of fact all teachers, principals and parents should comply with this directive with immediate effect.”

The release further stated that the Ministry of Education will rely on the expert advice of the Health Ministry for the re-opening of schools.

Addressing journalists at the weekly Ministry of Information and Communications press briefing in Freetown, the Deputy Minister of Information, Theo Nicol, told newsmen that government had taken this decision because they wanted to address the rate at which the Ebola disease is being transmitted and ensure that every Sierra Leonean was safe until the disease has been contained.

“Therefore, every Sierra Leonean is expected to stick to the warnings of health experts in as much as it is the desire of everybody for the disease to be prevented and controlled,” he said.

In light of this, the Deputy Minister admonished newsmen not to rely on information being peddled on the social media, noting that such information is sometimes being distorted and untrue.

“Journalists should largely depend on information being put out by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Ministry of Information of Communications,” Mr. Nicol stated.

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