Former Montserrado County senatorial candidate and veteran artist, Miatta Fanhbulleh, has stressed the need for authorities at the Ministry of Education to ensure that students returning to school follow Ebola preventive measures while they are on various campuses.
Miss Fahnbulleh, an educator herself, said County Education Officers and District Education Officers in the 15 counties must monitor and report items that are lacking in schools across the country.
She also emphasized the need for CEOs and DEOs to go into counties and districts to conduct high level evaluation of school campuses, and to remain teachers not to forget about Ebola prevention materials distributed by authorities of the Health Ministry.
Miss Fahnbulleh spoke Thursday, February, 18, 2015 at the daily press briefing of the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill.
She said, the issue of eradicating the Ebola virus from Liberia must be done collectively, saying, “Every parent or guardian must make sure that their children don’t experience any kind of headache, while sending then to school.”
She noted that prior to the Ebola outbreak, many parents were sending their children to school even while they are sick, and this should stop.
Madam Fanhbulleh, who is also Goodwill Ambassador for maternity and child health in Liberia, pointed out that in order for children under age to be protected from the virus, the first step is to provide them protection from parents or guardians, saying, the next step should be parents must not allow children in school when their temperature is accelerating, as high temperature could lead to another symptom of the Ebola virus.
According to her, parents should also make sure individuals, who take their children to school, follow the Ebola preventive measure on a daily basis to avoid transmission of the virus to students.
She narrated that giving children to caretakers, who don’t adhere to preventive measures against the Ebola virus will put children’s in danger, because caretakers will only focus on their salary and forget about the safety of the child.
Meanwhile, the Goodwill Ambassador also stressed the need for citizens to work collaboratively in making the educational system better in Liberia.
She reminded that President Sirleaf once described the educational system a mess, and stressed that it’s about time that school authorities join hands and clean the mess to make the learning environment better for the youths of Liberia.
By Lewis S.Teh