BY ALEX DADAMU
SCHOOLS in Honiara Emergency Zone has been advised by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) to disregard earlier statements issued by the Ministry to organize school graduation events after the 23 of October 2020.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary of MEHRD, Mr. James Bosamata speaking during the weekly talkback show on Sunday said the whole school taking part in a grand graduation event is a no, and schools in the Honiara Emergency Zone are advised to organize the graduation event according to examination classes separately.
“Schools in non-emergency zones in the Provinces – they can go ahead with their school graduation.
“However, the ministry advice schools in Honiara to organize graduation according to classes, for example, Form 3 separately, Form 5 separately and Form 6 separately,” he said.
Mr. Bosamata however added that this arrangement will also depend on risk assessments to be carried out by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) – who will have to assess the risk level of the venue where the graduation ceremony will be held in each school.
“This means schools must be careful when organizing the graduation events. It is important to contact Education Ministry so that they can be able to arrange with the Ministry of Health to carry out the risk assessments at the proposed location where the graduation event will be held,” Mr. Bosamata said.
Sunday Isles understands that according to the examination time table already approved by MEHRD, examinations for forms 3, 5, and 6 will be held on the first and second week of November 2020.