MoE Reiterates Decision on Suspension of Schools -Prepares Strategies for Reopening

MONROVIA – Amid the COVID 19 health crisis, and the disruption in the school year 2019/2020, the Ministry of Education recognizes the strike on students learning processes and financial instability of institutions, as well as, teachers, and school-workers. As a result, and in consultation with education and health sector stakeholders, it is finalizing a comprehensive policy aimed at outlining cleared strategies on mitigating several factors and challenges to facilitate the reopening of schools and complete the academic year 2019/2020 in line with the National curriculum.

Sequel to the above, the Ministry of Education also confirms that NO DATE has been set for the resumption of classes and any physical academic activities. Hence, all schools (Public, Private, Faith-based and Community) shall remain closed until the health authorities deem it safe to reopen and begin physical/on-campus activities.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu D. Sonii, Sr. commends school-administrations for their continuous effort to ensuring that some curriculum activities continue through distance learning (online) even during the suspension of the academic year and closure of school buildings in Liberia. However, he warns against schools that are asking students to physically take delivery of the learning and assessment materials from campuses, to desist, as such action poses health risks to students.

The Ministry also encourages all students and parents to take advantage of the Teaching by Radio program aired on various radio stations across the country; geared towards providing refresher learning for students as they stay away from school due to the health crisis. The radio program is a thirty minutes interval broadcast of core subjects aired by lesson, by time, and by schedule, for Grade K1 to Grade 12, which provides continuous learning for students in core subjects.

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