After at least four schools resumed academic activities for the primary school levels, Grand Gedeh’s county health officer says he has ordered all schools operating classes from 5th grade to kindergarten to close, in line with guidance from the Ministry of Education.
As 12th graders across the country take the West African Secondary School Examinations this week, Sinoe’s county education officer is calling on all school authorities to ensure complete adherence to all health protocols set up by the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Education has announced the dates for schools to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of schools across the country. The move is intended to allow students to complete the 2019-2020 academic year that was halted in March.
As the nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews with representatives of individuals living with visual, hearing, and speech impairments suggest that this vulnerable group has gone largely unnoticed.
For Liberia, a country previously ravaged by civil war and Ebola, the Coronavirus pandemic has become another major setback for the education sector, as approximately 1.5 million students are now out of school.
Major educational activities are being suspended across the country, as the Ministry of Education has extended its mandate to suspend classes by an additional one week while the Liberia office of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has indefinitely suspended its 2020 exams.
The World Bank has partnered with the Liberian government to launch a new effort to improve results at the secondary level of Liberiaâ€™s education system. The project, Improve Results in Secondary Education, otherwise known as IRISE, is a US$47 million effort sponsored by the World Bank through a grant signed with the government in July 2019.
Following President George Weahâ€™s announcement of the countryâ€™s first Coronavirus case on Monday, March 16, Liberiaâ€™s Information Ministry has announced the closure of all schools in the country.