The Archbishop of Douala, Mgr Samuel Kleda has addressed a letter to students and heads of institutions in his Ecclesiastical province, announcing an adjournment of the June 1 school resumption date maintained by the Government over Coronavirus fears.
“Taking into consideration the growing situation of the Coronavirus pandemic in our country, and the obligation we have to protect everyone’s health, we have decided in accord with the other Bishops of the Ecclesiastical province to postpone school resumption initially scheduled for June 1 in our three training institutions…” Mgr Kleda said in the note dated May 25.
According to the prelate, the decision to postpone the resumption date announced and maintained by the Government is based on the situation of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country which keeps growing as days go by.
In order to ensure the learners remain in a school mood, he has urged them to continue revising their lessons so as to better prepare official examinations.
The note that is copied to the Bishops of Bafoussam, Bafang, Edea, Nkongsamba and to the Diocesan administrator of Eseka indicates the resumption has been postponed to a later date that will be communicated in due course.
The decision contradicts government’s move to reopen schools next Monday for students in examination classes and university students.
Schools nationwide were closed on March 18 as part of Government’s moves to curb the spread of the pandemic.
As at today, the country counts over five thousand COVID-19 cases, among which over 170 died and close to two thousand recovered.