GOL Urged to Reopen Schools

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The significant decline of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country makes the re-opening of schools a matter of urgency, a press release from the Potential Youth for Education and Societal Empowerment of Logan Town, (PYESE) states.

The statement was signed by the president of PYESE, Prince Powo who acknowledged the danger posed by the deadly virus but pointed out that appropriate measures have been established, leading to the considerable decline of the virus.

“Today we are happy that Senatorial Elections can go on and therefore we are convinced that academic activities can also resume,” said Powo.

He regretted the setback that Liberian students have experienced, but noted that in the face of such an insidious enemy, the closure of schools was necessary.

He assured the Liberian government that while students want to return to school, safety and preventive measures to ensure the sustainability of the fight against Ebola would be maintained.

Several visits by PYESE advocates to various communities in Monrovia revealed that students are anxious for the re-opening of their institutions, but with appropriate Ebola preventive measures.

As Liberia becomes Ebola-free for the full resumption of all activities, the re-opening of schools in the country must be high on the agenda, he declared.

PYESE is a youth organization that carries out extensive awareness education on the fight against Ebola Virus Disease in Logan Town and surrounding communities.

The organization sponsors needy students in their educational pursuits.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education told journalists last Wednesday at the regular Ministry of Information news briefing that it does not know when the disease will be eradicated in order for the resumption of academic activities in the country to take place.

Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Hawa Goll-Koltchi said the Ministry had completed three revised academic calendars for Liberian schools, and expected the resumption of academic year to be either around January, February or March 2015.

She, however, noted that based on advice from the Ministry of Health, other decisions could be taken.

She referred to a teaching by radio program, but PYESE said the program is not making the needed impact because it has not been vigorously publicized and promoted to reach students.

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