by crossriverwatch admin
Cross River State Commissioner for Education, Professor Offiong Offiong has threatened to close down any school found to be breaching the hygiene policies of the State especially ‘in this era of Ebola’.
He handed down the threat while speaking during a stakeholders meeting with teachers, parents and proprietors of private schools at the West African Peoples Institutes (WAPI), Calabar.
He said Cross River State is ready for the September 22nd resumption date for schools as announced by the Minister of Education, stressing that any school that doesn’t conform to the set rules will be closed down.
Offiong who described some schools as” Shanties”, said some private schools have already been placed on the watch list due to their terrible environmental conditions.
“I will close up your school; failure of such school to prepare for the resumption date because I can’t allow you to endanger the children in your school.
“We will not take such development happening in your schools because I don’t want to hear I didn’t know or I wasn’t told.
“We want to prevent Ebola from coming into Cross River and we are preparing for the resumption date on the 22nd of September in Cross River.
“We have 1300 pubic and primary schools all over Cross River and government may not be able to be at every where please provide conveniences in your schools.
“If you don’t, the Ebola infrastructure will expose you especially the private schools because we will close any private school that is not meeting the required standard in Cross River and your school will be announced on Radio.” he warned.
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