Ebola-hit Liberia announces new delay to school restart

Liberia's education ministry has announced a further postponement of the reopening of the country's schools, which were closed six months ago to limit the spread of the Ebola virus.

Classes had been due to resume on Monday after a delay of two weeks, but the ministry said in a statement that schools and parents had asked more time to prepare for the new year.

"The public is hereby informed that due to numerous appeals from , parents and other stakeholders, the commencement of class (has) now been scheduled for Monday, March 2," the education ministry said in a statement dated Tuesday.

Liberia and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone are battling the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record.

Schools in all three countries were closed last year over the outbreak, which has killed more than 9,000 people.

The rate of new infections has slowed significantly in recent weeks, paving the way for a gradual return to normal.

In Guinea, children returned to school on January 19 while Sierra Leone has said it will restart classes on March 30.

The education ministry urged schools to complete "Ebola training workshops" for teachers and students ahead of the reopening date.


Explore further

Ebola-hit Liberia delays school reopening

© 2015 AFP

Citation: Ebola-hit Liberia announces new delay to school restart (2015, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-02-ebola-hit-liberia-school-restart.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
11 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more