Monkeypox: Ministry begs parents to send wards back to school

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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.

On Wednesday, virtually all schools in the South-East abruptly suspended academic activities over an unconfirmed rumour of vaccination being administered on pupils in primary schools by soldiers.

It was alleged that some military personnel were forcing people to engage in a free medical vaccination and were being injected with Monkeypox virus.

NAN reports that parents in the state especially in the Enugu metropolis quickly withdrew their children and wards from schools as early as 10am that fateful day.

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.

But Eze said that his ministry’s investigation revealed that the Monkeypox news was untrue and unfounded.

“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 Monkeypox rumour incident, school attendance had dropped in the state.

(NAN)

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