Via FrontPageAfrica: Liberia Extends Schools Reopening by Two Weeks as Ebola Slides. Excerpt:
The ministry of Education has extended the reopening of schools by two weeks. Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing Friday, Education Ministry officials said the extension is to enable parents who have not been able to register their children to do so.
The ministry stated that it would extend the time for registration up to the February 13, 2015 so as to allow the distribution of Ebola related sanitary materials to all school. “This is one government, we all are working in the interest of the people of Liberia. We took into consideration their concern, but we think in order not to delay the instructional period for so long, we thought that two weeks extension will enable us cover up before the Christmas season,” stated Atty. Ramses T. Kumbayah, assistant Minister for administration.
“The decision to have registration extended was deliberately taken, it was discussed thoroughly. It is a very critical and technical decision.”
Liberia would now revert to its pre-war school calendar year that ran from February to December to be able to fill the gap created by the Ebola epidemic on the education sector.