Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Dr Franco Roddie says they are NOT closing schools and expects classes to resume on Tuesday to allow teachers to celebrate Word Teachers Day tomorrow (Monday).
He made the explanation to journalists this afternoon to clarify reports that certain schools are calling off classes without their authorization following the announcement of the country’s first COVID-19 positive case yesterday.
Dr Roddie said: “There is no need for panic. We are not in a position to close schools.”
He confirms that he has given instructions to principals stating that it is a low risk infection and the situation is well under control by the government.
In addition, he adds, the person who has contracted the virus is also well managed.
In that regard, Dr. Roddie says he expects all classes to resume on Tuesday.
“Tomorrow is World Teacher’s Day. The plan is for the teachers to observe the occasion at their schools. Only teachers will participate,” he states in his statement.
However, Dr Roddie says that on Tuesday they (schools) should go back to classes after their one-week break.
At the same time the permanent secretary appeals to teachers and parents to provide right information to students on the current situation.