There has been an increase in the number of teaching professionals and students accessing the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) within recent months.
Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, speaking during a press conference yesterday on the phased reopening of schools for some students, said “In discussions with the EAP, which provides services for the teachers, they have indicated they have seen an increase in the number of teachers accessing their services.”
She said this had been attributed to the fact that teachers are undergoing stress with the transition from a classroom setting to a virtual forum.
“They are also saying that because teachers are at home, they feel a little more empowered to come out and get the service because they are not at school and nobody is asking them where you going and why you are going to EAP,” she added.
On the deaths of two boys aged nine and 14 in the last few days, Gadsby-Dolly said it was unfortunate and tragic.
She said as parents, greater awareness had to be paid to what children were using their devices to access as what might seem like harmless fun for children, could have disastrous consequences.