The Ministry of Education, on advice by the Ministry of Health, said preparations are ongoing for the start of the new academic year 2020-2021.
However due to the circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID -19, the Ministry said in a release issued this afternoon that teaching and learning for Term 1, which stretches from September to December, 2020; will be implemented remotely.
The preparations of the Ministry of Education previous to the announcement of further critical preventative measures on August 15th, 2020, centered around the design of a blended learning experience- a mix of face-to-face and virtual classes; however, in light of the present circumstances, no face-to-face interaction is possible.
The Ministry said emphasis has shifted to the design of curriculum delivery methods using solely digital and traditional platforms, ensuring that no learner is left behind.
The Ministry of Education, in an effort to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are considered in the design of Term I 2020/21, will meet with various stakeholder bodies on Wednesday, 26th August, 2020.
Cognizant of the fact that all students do not have access to the online environment, the Minister said the meeting will refine varying approaches to reaching students and ensuring effective delivery and engagement.
On Friday, 28th August, 2020, specific details of the operational and curriculum guidelines for Term I 2020/21 will be communicated to the public at a media conference.
The Ministry of Education says they remain committed to fulfilling its mandate of quality, accessible and equitable education for all citizens.