The New Juaben South Municipal Director of Education, Victor Degraft-Etsison, has called on the Eastern Regional Directorate of Education to suspend all school activities in the municipality on Monday, May 16, 2022.
The calls comes ahead of the final funeral rite of the late paramount chief of New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng, and the Queen Mother, Nana Yaa Daani II.
In a letter addressed to the Regional Education Directorate, Mr Degraft-Etsison suggested that schools should be closed down on Monday, May 16 over security concerns, and resume on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
“The New Juaben Traditional Council has indicated that the climax of the funeral period is Monday 16th of May, 2022. The final funeral rites come with all its features Viz. The presence of top government officials, traditional rulers including His Majesty Otumfo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, gun shooting, ban on noise-making, the closing of shops among others,” he said in the letter.
He further added: “Knowing well the curiosity and inquisitiveness of pupils, we seek your permission to suspend all school sessions on the said day, Monday May 16, 2022, for both private and private schools in the municipality to avert any unforeseen circumstances as well as offer minimum respect to the traditional council during the said period. School sessions would, however, resume on Tuesday May 17, 2022.”
The Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng, passed on in August 2021, while the Queen Mother died in the first week of January 2022.
Their final funeral rites are scheduled to take place this weekend (May 14 to May 16) at the forecourt of Yiadom and Hwedee Palace in Koforidua.