The newly elected senator of Montserrado County, Ambassador George Weah, says he’s worried deeply about the abrupt re-opening of schools here.
Senator Weah also expressed concern about the frustrating public expressions and mixed emotions characterizing the recent announcement by the government for the resumption of full academy programs throughout the country on February 2nd.
Authorities of the Education Ministry recently announced the reopening of all academic institutions following protracted closure due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.
Weah, the political leader of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC said he’s also alerted by thousands of calls received from parents and students, not only in Montserrado County, but other parts of the country, stressing that the Ebola virus did not only physically take away lives and alter culture practices, but essentially amplified the already economic hardship prevalent in their communities.
According to a release issued in Monrovia last evening, from the office of the Montserrado County lawmaker, many of these parents described the timing of the reopening of schools as abrupt, noting their unpreparedness to underwrite the financial costs accompanying the government’s mandate for the resumption of full academic activities across the country.
The release further cited concerns about a possible exposure of students to the Ebola virus during academic activities, indicating that considering these widely shared and indisputable views, Senator George Weah would like to admonish the Executive Branch to reconsider its decision for the re-opening of schools at the time the government has pronounced.
The Senator assured parents and students that he will work with his colleagues and the Executive to examine ways and means by which the government could address these important concerns, with the intent to bring relieve to parents, students and teachers.