Ebola: Plateau private schools flout Education Ministry’s directive, continue summer lessons

Some private schools in Plateau State have failed to comply with a directive by the Ministry of Education, ordering an immediate suspension of summer lessons as part of measures to curtail the spread of the Ebola Virus Diseases, EVD.

The directive was issued this week after the Minister of Education held an emergency meeting with state commissioners of education.

The Ministry had also stated that resumption of public and private schools across Nigeria have been postponed to October 13.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited some private schools within Jos, on Thursday, it observed that summer lessons were still going on.

At one of the schools, Pure Kids Academy, teachers, who were in classes for lessons, declined to comment when contacted for interview.

However, one of the teachers, who pleaded anonymity for fear of victimisation, told PREMIUM TIMES, that the school’s management threatened not to pay August salaries if the lessons, which started a month ago, were discontinued.

The teacher said the school authorities planned to stop the lessons next week.

At St. Peter’s Primary and Secondary School, Bukuru, although summer lesson was ongoing, only a few students seemed to have attended.

One of the students, Pam Chung, who said he was preparing for his final year exams, said most students had abandoned classes since Tuesday following the Federal Government’s directive.

“Personally, I’m not happy with the extension in resumption of schools. They should have considered some of us who are going into SS3; though they said it’s to prevent contacting Ebola,” Mr. Chung said.

The commissioner of education, Nanle Dashen, while briefing journalists on Wednesday in his office, said the taskforce charged with the responsibility of ensuring compliance with the directive would soon swing into action.
According to Mr. Dashen, compliance with the directive was compulsory for all schools. He warned that proprietors who failed to abide by the directive would face sanctions.

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