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Ebola: School Principals Reject Resumption Date

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Secondary school principals, under the aegis of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCONPPS) have rejected the September 22 date given by the Federal Government of Nigeria for resumption of schools.

This decision followed the rejection of the date by primary school teachers. In an interview with a correspondent of PUNCH newspaper, the National Secretary of ANCONPPS, Mr. Kevin Nwankwo said that there was no evidence of any preventive measures taken by the states to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease. He therefore asked the Federal Government to annul the date given for resumption.

He acknowledged the fact that the position of ANCONPPS is aligned with that of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. "We need to take cognisance of the observation of the Nigerian Medical Association", he said.

"As at yesterday, there was nothing to show that teachers are being trained. I am not aware of sanitizers or training in any school yet". he added. "The slated date for the teachers' training is today (Thursday), but as at yesterday, there was nothing to show that anything could happen. There is simply nothing to show that we are ready to reopen schools yet", Mr. Nwankwo concluded.

The NMA, Nigerian Medical Association is also urging the Federal Government to rescind the decision for schools to reopen on September 22.

The Ebola virus which is reported to have killed thousands in the continent of Africa was reportedly brought into Nigeria by an American-Liberian Patrick Sawyer. The virus is reported to have both psychological and physical effects on a victim, leaving even those who have recovered from it stigmatized and avoided.

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