If all goes well as it relates to the slowdown of the Ebola Virus Disease, all institutions of learning here are expected to commence operations by January, 2015. Due to the rapid spread of the Ebola Virus Disease, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on 30 July announced the closure of all institutions of learning here and declared a State of Emergency, couple with the imposition of curfew for 90 days. Though, the State of Emergency has ended, but government has not make any pronouncement about the reopening of academic and vocational schools here.
Briefing his colleagues recently in plenary of the Liberian Senate, about the status of institutions of learning, Senate Chairman on Education, Senator Dallas Gueh, said that the Liberian government through the Ministry of Education and National Commission on Higher Education is concluding discussions on the reopening of schools in the country.
Senator Gueh of Rivercess County said that there are series of consultations ongoing with both local and international partners on the reopening of schools. Sen. Gueh noted that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration is deeply worried about the closure and subsequently delay in the reopening of schools and other institutions that are molding the minds of young Liberians.
The Rivercess County lawmaker indicated that the prolonged closure of schools is hampering the educational system, particularly school children and the entire population as everyone, who was somehow learning something not stays home for the rest of the time without achieving anything.
According to the former Liberia Destiny Party stalwart, already, the people of Liberia had suffered 14 years of bitter civil unrest, which stalled the education of the young population and again in 2014, for Liberian youths and children to remain at home without learning anything, is frustrating and unacceptable. He however assured that government is putting all relevant mechanisms into place to ensure early opening of schools next year.
Explaining further, Senator Gueh added that reopening of schools in January will return the country to pre-war status of schoolings where the academic calendar operated from January to late November. Meanwhile, the plenary of the Liberian Senate has sent the report to committee room and is expected to appear on the floor of the plenary tomorrow, Thursday, November 27, 2014 for the upper House’s official position on the proposal.