PS Hodge Appeals to General Public on Safety of Children in light of local COVID-19 cases

Good day:

I address you today as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. This is an urgent
appeal for the assistance of all in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our nation’s children in
this critical time.

This afternoon, we received information from the National COVID-19 Task Force that there are
now two (2) confirmed cases of corona virus in the Federation. Acting on this advice, the
Ministry of Education has closed our schools with immediate effect. This applies specifically to
all Government Early Childhood Centres, and Primary and Secondary Schools. This means that
your children would be required to remain at home and indoors for their safety and wellbeing. I
am hereby making a passionate appeal to you to ensure that your children are kept safely within
your homes. Within communities, there should not be any congregating of children in groups
of any size.

Be also advised that the Ministry of National Security has informed the Ministry of
Education that the Community Policing Team will be monitoring our streets as of
Thursday, 26th March, 2020 to ensure adherence to this directive.

Again, I appeal to us all to ensure that our nation’s children are kept safely within their homes
for the upcoming days and weeks.

Finally, please continually check the Ministry of Education website, www. for

May God bless you and may God continue to protect our nation.

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