Education Minister Priya Manickchand said there is no need to close schools despite the first case of monkeypox being recorded in Guyana.
The Minister made this statement at the sidelines of an event on Wednesday while reminding parents about the effects the closure of school previously has had on children.
On Monday, the first case of monkeypox was recorded in Guyana, and since then, many parents have taken to social media arguing that the Ministry should consider not reopening schools because some children do not know how to protect themselves.
“Shut down the schools,” Zamora Charms said while Dacia Lewis asked, “school will be opening soon what they putting in place because with that already in Guyana and children catches stuff faster than adult. I want know and soon, so Hon Ministers yall let we know fast.”
But Minister Manickchand said there is no intention to close schools at this time.
“We don’t have any intention of ever closing schools again whether circumstances in the world will dictate that is something we will have to watch and see […]. We expect to open all our schools as normal for September 5.”
She noted all schools would have handwashing facilities and hygiene supplies.
The Covid 19 pandemic had previously forced the Ministry to close schools, which resulted in learning loss, but the Education Ministry has learned from the pandemic, Minister Manickchand highlighted.