The Education Spokesperson’s comments follow yesterday’s statement by the Minister of Education, Hon. Fayval Williams, advising schools to focus on students preparing for exit exams at grades 6, 11, 12 and 13. “Giving adequate support to students to sit their final exams is necessary but the piecemeal approach being taken by the Ministry of Education is not sufficient and will do more harm than good to the remaining batches of students. The Minister needs to articulate a more developmental strategy that considers the entire student population,” said Dr Brown Burke.
The Shadow Minister of Education is recommending that a systematic plan from the Ministry must consider the following:
1. The importance of in person Early Childhood Education, since socialization is key to character building and learning.
2. Prioritizing teachers early vaccination. The increasing number of COVID cases are worrisome, therefore the Government is obliged to prioritize educators since they hold the development of our future in their hands.
She said, “At this point the Government is focused on whether or not to resume face-to-face classes, but no thought is being given to more long-term arrangements, such as decisions around reconstituting the summer holidays to make up for lost learning. These are issues that the Opposition has been urging the Government to plan for since the inception of the pandemic.
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