As thousands of students across Antigua and Barbuda return to the classroom today, the Ministry of Education says its objective is to have all students return to active and meaningful learning while adopting measures that will mitigate health and safety risks to the school community.
Director of Education, Clare Browne said based on in-depth data collection, analysis and deliberation, the several areas were deemed most critical in the
formulation of the plan to reopen schools. These were: Curriculum recovery measures, Infrastructural Upgrades and Expansion, Training, Technology, Social Emotional Learning, Special Educational, Needs, Policies, Procedures and, Protocols, Communication Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation.
According to the director, the plan that has been developed was achieved through
thorough consultations and collaboration with key stakeholders. Browne continued that the
plan to manage the reopening of schools is flexible however, as the fluid school environment room had to be left to respond to sudden changes.
“The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Today, Monday, September 7, 2020, sees the reopening of most public schools and several private schools in Antigua and Barbuda for face to face instruction. I seize this opportunity to thank all for their efforts in making today’s reality possible. I thank all principals, their teachers and support staff for all the hard work they have put into today’s beginning and to ensure a smooth academic year
in these unprecedented times. I wish for all of Antigua and Barbuda a safe and healthy 2020/2021 academic year as our society continues to navigate the challenging health crisis confronting us at this time. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone in the education system. May God protect us all,” he urged.
In spite of challenges, Browne said the ministry has been able meet its primary objective.
“As is the practice, we are all encouraged to pick a school and visit, even for five minutes, without getting in the way of course, as a further demonstration of MoEST’s support. I
know Education Officers always find a way to visit all their schools. I draw to your attention that for sundry reasons a few public schools will not reopen for students [on Monday], but will do so on the dates indicated below. Teachers will continue to be at work however,” he stated.
– Five Islands & Golden Grove
(Wednesday, September 9)
– School for the Deaf (Monday, September 14)
– Cobbs Cross, Bendals, Buckleys & Liberta (Wednesday, September 9)
– Cedar Grove (Wednesday, September 9)
– St. Mary’s Secondary & McChesney George Secondary (Monday,
“I wish all Technical Officers and your families a safe and healthy 2020/2021 academic year as our global society continues to navigate the challenging health crisis confronting us at
this time. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone in the education system here,” Browne concluded.