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Partial opening of schools for third term

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The planned re-opening of schools following the Easter break will only see students in higher classes returning for face-to-face learning.

There is confirmation that Cabinet at its weekly meeting has agreed to a proposal made by Director of Education Clare Browne that 4th and 5th formers and students in Grades Five and Six return to the classrooms.

It was plan B for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Creative Industries, in the event the Epidemiological data on COVID-19 in the country did not allow for a full-reopening of schools.

The third term in the academic year will begin on 12th April, 2021.

According to reports, the return of students in the higher classes will allow for adequate preparation for examinations, primary students for the Grade Six National Assessment and 4th and 5th formers to complete School Based Assessments (SBAs) and to prepare for CXC administered examinations.

For all other students, remote learning will likely continue.

The presence of COVID-19 in the country has forced students and teachers out of traditional classrooms and into virtual settings and while government and many within the education system are eager for the situation to normalize, it appears they will have to wait a bit longer.

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