New policy requiring a health certificate or a roadway to health card prior to new student registration, particularly for the children in the beginning classes have been introduced, the Ministry of Education has said.
The introduction of the policy, according to the registrar at the B. W. Payne Kindergarten and Elementary School on Benson Street in Monrovia, became necessary to establish the real age of the student and his or her health status in the wake of the Ebola menace.
“This policy has been in place, but it was to know the actual age of the student, because most of the parents do not remember their own children’s ages. As a result, the students are put in classes sometimes below or above their ages.
However, this time around, it involves two things: to know the health status of the student and the age range, Ms. Loreny Holder, a registrar has said.
The introduction of the new policy prior to registration of any student has put a gloomy picture on the faces of some the parents, especially for those who have not carried their child or children for any vaccination or health-related check-up at any of the health centers across the country. Yet the date for the commencement of student registration was January 12, 2015).
Whether the exercise covers all other schools, MOE was yet to say, because the director of communication at the Ministry, J. Maxim Bleetain, reacted by calling for an introduction of any measures during registration that will put a stop to the spread of the Ebola outbreak or any renewal of the virus at any of the campuses while classes are in session.
According to Mr. Bleetain, the MOE authorities welcome any measures aimed at ending the Ebola scourge in the country during and after school.
For his part also, the head of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Benjamin Jacobs, expressed support for the reopening of schools and the subsequent ongoing registration process.
He spoke over the weekend when he appeared on a radio “Talk Show” hosted by Truth FM 96.1 in Paynesville.
Mr. Jacobs commended the government for the decision to reopen schools, and then called on school administrators to exercise patience as they go along with processes leading to the resumption of academic activities across the country.
The government, through the Ministry of Education (MOE), recently announced the resumption of basic academic activities with immediate effect beginning Monday, January 12.
Registration for old and new students will be followed by teacher orientation and other preparatory activities for actual academic work.
Thereafter, according to MOE authorities, instruction will commence effective Monday, February 2, during which time and subsequently until Liberia is declared Ebola-free, school administrators and students are being urged to observe strictly the Ebola preventive measures.
Early last year, schools throughout the country were ordered closed during the second outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) that claimed the lives of many people. The action of the government to have schools reopened is the result of the decline in the number of new Ebola cases.