“This date is not for students to start getting to schools. Instead it should be time for orientation, induction, awareness and to get students into classrooms and to begin to have the first lessons,” Obed said.
He has also encouraged parents and guardians to prepare their children and get them to travel to schools.
Obed added that schools must prepare for disasters which may occur this year.
“As we are still in the cyclone season, it is important that drills are organised to get students prepared for the sort of disasters that the school may be prone to including cyclone.
The 2019 academic year starts begins on 4 February.
Photo supplied. Caption: Director of Education Service, Roy Obed