Monkeypox: Ministry appeal to parents to send wards back to school

Enugu State Ministry of Education has appealed to parents to send their wards back to school, assuring them that no unapproved activities were carried out in any school.

The state commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, gave the assurance in a signed statement issued in Enugu on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on Wednesday, virtually all schools in South East abruptly suspended academic activities over an unconfirmed rumour of vaccination being administered on pupils in primary schools by soldiers.

While some schools which gates were locked with padlock , were forcefully opened, some of them had their gates damaged due to the stampede to get the children out from schools.

We are appealing to parents to do the needful by sending their wards and children back to school.”The ministry had taken appropriate pro-active steps to ensure that our schools are safe and no unauthorized and unapproved activities are carried out in any school in the state.

The ministry had strengthened its supervisory and monitoring units with more hands as well as given them additional mandates in order to keep a close eye on schools especially on activities on-going in and round schools,” he assured.

NAN reports that since Wednesday, after the unfounded Monkey pox rumour incident, school attendance has dropped slightly in the state.

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