CEO of the Catholic Education Board of Management, and Denominational School Boards Association Chairman, Sharon Mangroo, said principals and teachers are very concerned going forward with covid19 in schools.
She said the Catholic Board has sent out polls to principals of schools under its purview and teachers were concerned that their students would be disadvantaged if they don’t prep for the SEA exam. They were also anxious about their children who would have to return to school in September.
Another poll would be sent out this week to members of the Denominational Boards Association on how they felt about continuing classes.
Nonetheless, Mangroo said they did not want to change the SEA date.
“Parents and teachers have made it clear that the children are in a state of anxiety waiting for this exam. If it is at all possible to not change the date, we don’t want it changed.”
However, she said a big concern was that there were a large number of children who have not engaged in any classes since March for several reasons including having no devices, a lack of connectivity, and no interest in attending classes.
She said “It’s not just a matter of passing SEA or doing well. These are citizens of the country and if they are not educated, we are going to pay in the end. A country can’t develop without its citizens being educated. So we have a responsibility to everybody.”