Addressing the nation on the plans and programmes being taken by his administration towards the Novel Coronavirus, the Premier said via a live news conference on Tuesday that the decision was not made in isolation.
He said: “Cabinet agreed that all private and public schools, pre-schools, daycare centres and extra-curricular activities are mandated to close with effect from Thursday, 19th March 2020 for 14 days, in the first instance.”
“The Minister of Education will be making a speech on that on Thursday, but he is meeting with the Permanent Secretary, the Chief Education Officer, making sure that they put everything in place,” the Premier added.
Premier Fahie said, while there may be inconveniences from the decision, “his government believes “it is better to be safe than sorry”.
His announcement came one day after the Leader of the Opposition, Marlon Penn issued a call to the government to close all schools for the next 30 to 60 days.
We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.