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The education system has been hit by 30 per cent absenteeism of staff and students in schools across the six regions because of suspected cases of chikungunya (chik-V), the Ministry of Education has reported.
The ministry has released the results of a survey, which revealed that as at yesterday, 3,911 students and 591 teachers had missed days from schools.
The most affected area was Region One – Kingston and St Andrew – with 2,487 suspected cases. This is followed by 945 suspected cases in Region Two, which includes St Thomas, Portland and St Mary.
The least-affected parishes, with 23 suspected cases, were Manchester and St Elizabeth, located in Region Five.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, according to a release from the ministry, commended the management and staff of the affected schools for their efforts in keeping the institutions open as well as for providing as…