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Online classes when school starts on September 20

Online classes when school starts on September 20
Santia Bradshaw (GP)

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There will be no face-to-face classes when the Michaelmas term commences on September 20.

This applies to students in both private and public institutions.

Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw made the announcement on Tuesday, four days after Government began administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children 12 to 18 years old.

Bradshaw said the Ministry was aware of the concerns raised on previous occasions when the online format was used, particularly the challenges it posed to teachers, parents and students.

As a result, Information Technology coordinators at each school will be made available to work with parents to have devices checked. She also urged those who graduated to secondary school to return devices so others could benefit.

Bradshaw told parents and guardians who do not devices not to wait until the start of the term.

Barbados is battling a COVID-19 surge as the delta variant is now spreading in communities.

Blackman and Gollop Primary School was stood up as an isolation centre and the Minister said more schools might have to be used by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

The Minister said about 2 100 children out of 21 000 received the vaccines and about 100 students are in isolation.

Bradshaw said the Common Entrance results would soon be announced and she would be joined by newly-appointed Chief Education Officer, Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw, and Director of Education Reform, Dr Idamay Denny, to discuss changes to the curriculum, training and plans for the new term. (SAT)