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June 29, 2022

Dr Tapo Speaks Out Over Attacks

Education Secretary, Dr. Michael Tapo, has cracked the whip on the Holy Rosary Primary School and the Catholic Agency following the attack on the National School Survey Task Force yesterday.

Doctor Tapo told EMTV News today that he has directed the Provincial Education Board to investigate the matter.


He said a formal announcement will be made to students and staff on Monday on the indefinite suspension of classes.


This, he indicated, is a warning to schools nationwide who do not welcome government initiatives.


Dr. Tapo was furious about the news of the attack on the National School Survey Task Force and teachers at the Holy Rosary Primary School yesterday.


He told EMTV News that this was a misunderstanding between parents, students and surrounding communities. The secretary has issued directives to suspend classes for a week.


Officers from the education department will be at the school on Monday to meet with the school administration to investigate the incident and also carry out awareness.


Dr. Tapo explained that this survey is a trial and a submission will be made in parliament this month. He said once this is made a policy, it will be a compulsory process for all staff and students in the fourteen-thousand plus schools in the country.


Dr. Tapo said that if such incidents occur, the school responsible will automatically miss out on school subsidies provided by the national government under the Fee Free Education Policy. 


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