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A few hundred children in the villages of Stoelmanseiland and Abenaston will finally be able to return to school next Monday, February 8th, after their respective two schools were abandoned by teachers some weeks ago.
The primary school in Abenaston did not re-open after the Christmas break because teachers refused to return to their posts in the wake of burglaries that happened while the teachers were away from Abenaston for the holidays. The teachers demanded improved security measures to prevent reoccurrence of the incidents. In light of government promises to this end, the teachers have now agreed to re-open classes.
The other school, in Stoelmanseiland, failed to re-open after the recent Christmas break when its principal, Vivian Samson, did not return from her vacation. The government authority for education in the interior, Bureau Onderwijs Binnenland (BOB), claims that Samson has deserted her duties without giving any notice. The other four teachers have no authority to open the school, which is why the doors remained shut all this time. A teacher explains: “We did not mention Samson’s absence any sooner, because we thought she’d be back eventually. It is not unusual for her to show up days or weeks after classes should officially commence.”
The school in Stoelmanseiland normally holds 300 children – aged four to twelve – and 5 teachers, including the principal.
Source: De Ware Tijd online