The Minister of Secondary Education Nalova Lyonga, has instructed schools to stop holiday classes.
This is as part of Government’s measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
She signed the press release on August 14, 2020.
For the past 5 months, students in non public examination classes have been at home, without any formal schooling, a situation not really easy according to parents and some school authorities.
Most schools after some official exams, decided to organize holiday classes to enable those who have been at home, refresh their memories before resuming school in October.
Reactions to the Minister’s Decision
Many have received the Minister’s instructions with mixed feelings.
Some parents are unhappy with Minister Nolova Lyonga’s decision.
“It is very frustrating to stop holiday classes after students have spent months at home due to the Corona Virus pandemic. I was hoping that the classes will help my children pick up after the break,” Prosper Nfor, a mother of two, says.
According to some school authorities, they are working under the government and are obliged to respect any decision taken.
Caroline Tekou, Dean of Studies “College Vogt” Yaounde says, “Two days ago we received the minister’s press release prohibiting holiday classes and we immediately informed parents not to send their children to school this morning. Our classrooms are empty. We are part of the educational community and we have to follow the Minister’s decision.”
Since the Minister of Secondary Education’s decision is part of Government’s measures to fight against COVID-19, it is clear that any school still organising holiday classes will be sanctioned in accordance with the regulations in force.
Minister Nalova Lyonga reminded parents and school authorities that holiday is a period for young people to rest from book work and devote themselves to recreational activities.