Department of Education speaks on school reopening
Monday, August 24, 2020
by GIS

The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations has been intently laying the ground work for the commencement of the new academic year in September.

Efforts have been more deliberate given the impact of COVID-19. Several meetings were held with various stakeholders, including the Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union, the National Principals’ Association, the National Youth Council, the National Students’ Council, school boards, teachers and principals, to chart the best path to reopening.

Dr. Fiona Phillip Mayer, Chief Education Officer, said the department notes the public concern about the health and safety of students amid the threat of COVID-19. She assured that the Ministry of Health has been directing education officials with establishing the protocols needed to protect students, teachers and ancillary staff at all schools.

She added that the phased reopening in June of this year for the Common Entrance and CSEC Examinations tested the system which has been reviewed and fine-tuned.

As the proposed date for the reopening of school draws near, Dr. Mayer is imploring parents and guardians to ensure that they take advantage of all avenues of assistance available to them through the Department of Education, including the bursary for students entering secondary schools.

On Aug. 24, a comprehensive discussion on the proposed reopening of schools was broadcast live on the National Television Network. Michelle Charles, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education announced a proposed reopening date of Sep. 7.

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