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Chik-V forces closure of St Mary school

Published:Friday | October 17, 2014 | 1:24 PM

The impact of the chikungunya virus has forced the closure of a St Mary school.



Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has revealed that six of the seven teachers at Jack’s River Primary in the parish had fallen ill.



Thwaites says the school’s board, with guidance from the Regional Authority, subsequently agreed to close the school.



He says the school is expected to re-open on October 22, following the mid-term break.



Speaking at a press conference yesterday to launch a national clean-up campaign in schools, the education minister said absenteeism is still prevalent in some sections of the education sector.



However, he says the ministry has been doing its best to provide support to schools.



The education ministry’s cleanup campaign is targeting 274 schools.



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