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Education On Plans To Reopen … says schools shall not charge new fees other than the balances/arrears

The Ministry of Education has concluded key policy decisions that guide the next steps of school-adminiIn a press stamen issued yesterday, the Ministry said in consistent with its mandate which deems school-activities suspended due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, has further determined based on analysis of the current situation and in consultation with stakeholders that schools will resume instructional activities from the point where they left off upon reopening and commencement of physical academic activities.
It added that schools shall not charge new fees other than the balances/arrears brought forward from the Academic Year 2019/2020. The Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu D. Sonii, Sr. maintains that learning is the key reason for schooling and such requires completing the prescribed lesson for a grade level before passing to the next.
Meanwhile, the ministry said upon the pronouncement by President George Manneh Weah, based on consensus by the West African Examinations Council member countries to administer WASSCE in August and the need to prepare 12th graders ahead of the examinations, a 2-week period beginning June 8, to June 22, 2020, is required for cleaning and preparation of the physical facilities/school campuses and buildings to accommodate the students.
A comprehensive guideline, including School Health, Well-being, and Safety for schools, is in its final stage for release before June 20, 2020.
The Ministry also confirmed that an immediate shift in the academic calendar to ensure the completion of the lost instruction period caused by the pandemic shall take effect leading to increased instructional days per week to include Saturday or Sunday in the case of Seven Days Adventist schools and students. See full text on page 5
strators, school systems, partners, students and parents, towards reopening.

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