Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Schools Remain Closed in COVID-19 Fight

Ministry of Education to continue virtual schooling, and begin television educational programming

Ministry of Education officials said schools will no longer open on April 14th as previously stated but will remain closed for instruction until further advice is received from the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Education closed it school doors on Monday, March 16th, as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.

In a press statement, the ministry said the teaching and learning process will continue on its virtual school or virtual learning platforms.

New content and lessons will be posted Tuesday, 14th April, the ministry said.

Minister of Education revealed in the House of Assembly on Wednesday that the virtual platform serves approximately 50,000+ public school students, 25,000 private school students, and 25,000 more tertiary enrolled students.

Lessons will also be broadcasted on Cable Channel 295, beginning Wednesday, 15th April, and shortly thereafter on Channel 296, due to a large number of public school students who do not have a device or internet capability to continue learning.

Lloyd said channel 296 will be for those students studying for their BJC, and BGCSE only, while 295 will cover content for all other grades.

The broadcast, from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday, daily, will cover programming in three main areas:

instructional, informational and character building.

The statement goes on to say that all national examinations, including GLAT, BJC and BGCSE, will be postponed “until such time as the Government of The Bahamas deems it safe for students, teachers and support staff to return to physical buildings.”

The Ministry of Education said its decisions are guided by the Ministry of Health’s advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ministry said it is committed to the safety and security of its students, teachers, and support staff, and will provide all of its stakeholders with updated information in as timely a manner as permitted by the COVID-19 crisis.

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