Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers
Lawmakers Want Schools Re-Open March 2
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe/LINA
MONROVIA, January 29 (LINA) -The Joint Legislative Committee on Education, Public Administration and Health has recommended that schools re-open on March 2 instead of February 2 as announced by the Education Ministry.
The Committee said the postponement was necessary to allow for adequate preparation of school facilities and to give the Ministries of Education and Health ample time to deliver Ebola preventive materials to the 5,181 schools in Liberia.
The extension will also enable parents to address the issue of tuition, the committee said.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the Committee’s recommendation was contained in a report derived from a meeting held with authorities of the Ministries of Education and Health, which was read Thursday by Deputy Chief Clerk, J. Sayfurh Geplay.
Based on requests from Representative Munah Pelham of Montserrado County and Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers on January 27, 2015 on the reopening of schools, Plenary mandated the Committee to review the requests and report to it within one week with recommendation.
The Committee stated that it met with officials of the Ministries of Education and Health, requesting the officials to provide explanation on possible modalities and measures put in place relative to the reopening of schools.
According to the Joint Committee, it also held series of consultations with stakeholders and public and private schools administrations, who said the decision by government to reopen schools on February 2, 2015 was not realistic.
Following the reading of the report, Plenary debated and resolved that it should be accepted, thereby leaving Speaker J. Alexander Tyler to mandate Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon to immediately communicate the decision to authorities of the Ministries of Education and Health.