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When Will Schools Reopen? #547965
02/04/21 06:10 AM
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When Will Schools Reopen?

And while distance learning is the safest option, for now, the planning has already started for the eventual resumption of face-to-face learning.  The Ministry of Education formed the COVID-19 Education Task Force to plan for that safe reopening, aiming for August/September 2021.  Its first meeting was held last week, and by the looks of it, the reopening of schools won’t happen this school year.  B.N.T.U. National President Elena Smith explains.

Elena Smith, National President, B.N.T.U.

“You know that the ministry has put together a task force for education and that task force had its first meeting last week. So we are right now currently working on those things and to see how it is we could get to the point all parties involved so it includes staff even students would be at a place where they feel it is safe enough for all of them to return to the classroom. We know that the ministry had put out a press release some time ago and they indicated that it didn’t seem possible for this school year meaning that we are expecting that maybe September which would be the other school year. SO if that is the case, then it would be mean that we would be preparing for September. Yes cases are going down but we note that activities are still happening and we see people still gathering at various places, still having social events and while we are happy that cases are going down we have to ensure that we continue maintain the kind of behaviour that will keep it that way. So the Ministry of Health seem to have a bench mark as to when it is going to be safe for the reopening. So as we understand it continues to be guided by the Ministry of Health but at the same time we will preparing for that day comes.”

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Re: When Will Schools Reopen? [Re: Marty] #547999
02/06/21 05:41 AM
02/06/21 05:41 AM
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What’s Next For Schools?

Fonseca also spoke about the COVID-19 Education Task Force. It's their job to figure out when and how to open schools. They had their first meeting this week and the Minister discussed the priorities:

Hon. Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education
"As you know everybody wants to get back to school. Our students have lost a lot of time. Many of our most vulnerable students are falling behind. So all of us in education want to get back into the classroom, but we recognize that we have to be guided by the public health officials and our decisions have to be based on science and we have to take into consideration all the very real and legitimate concerns that our administrative staff have across the country. As I have said to everybody, the task force is there to hear your recommendations. If anybody, any citizen of Belize, any stakeholder wants to submit their recommendations, we are welcoming those."

"Is any consideration being given to perhaps to re-open secondary and tertiary schools before the primary schools and the lower levels - just considering the fact that we are talking about more older mature persons."

Hon. Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education
"All those issues are on the table for discussion. Exactly that, how can we perhaps in a staged progressive manner re-open schools as you said perhaps looking at secondary schools first. Also I can tell you I had a meeting earlier this week at Stella Maris school, we are very concern about our special needs students who are particularly disadvantage by this Covid19 situation, because they need special one on one attention, so we are looking at our special needs students. We are trying to design a specific package for them to find a way for them to return to the school."

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