House of Reps moves to extend schools’ resumption date

House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is considering asking for an extension of schools’ resumption date announced recently by the Education ministry, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, had announced last week that schools will reopen September 22, and not October 13 as initially announced over fears of Ebola spread.

The government’s review followed complaints by private school owners that the resumption date should be in September.

But the new decision has also raised criticisms from parents who are concerned that the Ebola outbreak has not fully been brought under check.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Education to reconsider a further extension of the date for resumption in primary and secondary schools.

Victor Ogene, the Deputy Chairman for Media & Public Affairs in the House of Representatives, said this in response to the questions raised by the journalists.

“…Given the reality of some persons still under surveillance, and the likelihood of having other cases, there was the need to put the safety of children and that of the entire country into consideration, in arriving at when best to order a re-opening of both private and public schools,” a statement by Mr. Ogene said.

“This directive is necessitated by growing concern amongst the public, especially parents and guardians of the students, following the recent decision by federal education authorities to re-open schools for the 2014/2015 academic session on Monday, September 22, 2014.” he said.

On Monday, Africa Health, Human & Social Development Information Service also warned that re-opening schools this period puts at least 80 million students and teachers at a high risk.

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