Senegal protests: Education Ministry imposes a week nationwide school closure commencing Monday

EYEAFRICA TV: Dakar, SENEGAL:- Senegal’s Education Ministry has on Saturday imposed a temporal nationwide school closure for a week commencing Monday 8th March, the ministry said in a statement.

The move according to the ministry, was meant to protect students, teachers and  the school administration of the demonstrations accompanied by scenes of violence which strongly disrupted the course of teaching and learning last week.

The Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training, Learning and Integration “draws the attention of all stakeholders in the education system that courses in schools and public and private establishments, general, technical and vocational education, as well as in the various cycles:  preschool, elementary and middle-secondary are suspended from Monday March 8 to Saturday March 13, 2021.”

The release added that classes will resume on Monday March 15, 2021.

“The Ministries of National Education and Vocational Training strongly recommend that parents of students keep a vigilant eye on their children in order to protect them from the risks of possible abuses,” the statement added.

Protest erupted across Senegal following the arrest of an opposition leader Ousmane Sonko on Wednesday.

The government condemned the protests as a “flagrant violation” of the state of emergency put in place to tackle coronavirus.

Sonko who faces a rape allegation, appeared in court on Friday accused of disrupting public order. He denies the allegations and his supporters say the accusations are politically motivated.

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