Education Minister, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, said one of the main aims for 2021 is to ensure that all children are online.
In the MOE’s Conversations programme, she said “As we head into Term 2, bearing in mind all the vestiges of 2020, we are still in online school mode and we are seeking to ensure that “no child is left offline.”
She said “Online is the best replacement for the face to face, at this time. “It is not perfect, however, these are the circumstances were are in.”
Gadsby-Dolly said her ministry will soon be embarking on the distribution of 9,200 devices and these will be for primary schools.
She said unlike the secondary school system, where they have more devices available, the primary school system is still heavily in need.
She said “What we have asked is that schools give the devices to their Standard 5 students first, as the Secondary Entrance Assessment examination is coming up.”
“We are also working on the mifi devices in order to provide the students with the connectivity, and we hope to have those available soon.
Gadsby-Dolly also said the MOE is working along with the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, to ensure that the devices go to those students who need it the most, so therefore the MSDFS and the MOE will be conducting ‘means tests.’
On the issue of the return to school next month for those students who will be preparing for examination.
She said the Ministry is now formalising things for the reopening in February, once they are able to do so of course, and taking into stock what took place during the brief reopening in July/August lsat year for SEA and CXC.
The students who will be returning to schools are the Standards 5s, and Forms 4, 5 and 6.
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