STC Harold: Akbar calls on stakeholders to prepare for cyclone
7 April, 2020, 7:43 pm
The Education Ministry has called on the heads of schools, managements, teachers, parents and students to ensure safety as the country prepares for Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold.
Education Minister Rosy Akbar has encouraged heads of schools to work in line with their district and divisional education offices and the National Disaster Management Office to prepare for STC Harold.
Ms Akbar has advised school managers to comply with the requests of the divisional education office should schools be assigned as evacuation centres.
“Also to ensure schools are well secured and the cyclone preparedness is conducted without breaching the COVID-19 restrictions,” she said.
Ms Akabar called on parents to be proactive and adhere to the weather forecasts and news updates to take refuge in the evacuation centres without risking life.
“We need to ensure while in the evacuation centres, people take their own beddings and basic items to avoid sharing, maintain basic hygiene and practice social distancing.
“Keep a strong watch on your children and remind them to stay away from strangers who may be sexual predators.
“Students are also sternly reminded to display strong ethical and moral standards as well as well ingrained civic pride in evacuation centres displaying a strong upbringing.”
The Minister urged parents and guardians to ensure children are kept indoors during this time and refrain from playing in flooded drains, creeks and rivers.
“The safety and emotional well-being of our children is paramount and we cannot risk it. All our combined efforts must be geared towards our health and safety.”