State orders school which re-opened to close
- The Permanent Secretary expressed disappointment with some private schools opposing Government’s directive not to reopen schools.
By ROGERS KALERO
ALL private schools which opened yesterday must immediately close and release their pupils until January 18, General Education Permanent Secretary in Charge of Technical Services, Jobbicks Kalumba has warned.
Dr Kalumba has since directed all the Provincial Education Officers (PEOs) countrywide to monitor compliance on private schools that have re-opened schools yesterday. He issued the directive yesterday in Chinsali and warned that punitive measures will be taken against all erring schools.
The Permanent Secretary expressed disappointment with some private schools opposing Government’s directive not to reopen schools.
“Private schools should not be sacrificing pupils in the name of catching up with lost time amid a second wave of Covid-19 whose symptoms are yet to be studied by health experts and how to protect the pupils as they open schools on January 18
“So let me take this opportunity to warn those schools which have opened schools today (yesterday) to immediately close and release innocent pupils by 17:00 hours until 18th January or risk stern action against them,’’ he said Dr Kalumba said private schools must learn to respect Government directives because there was a reason to every extension.
”Government through the Ministry of General Education, announced the rescheduling of the opening date for all schools from 4th To 18th January,2021 which some private schools in some provinces have disregarded.,’’ he said