UNC MP asks for the logic behind Government’s “return to school” plan

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UNC MP asks for the logic behind Government’s “return to school” plan

The Opposition UNC’s Shadow Education Minister, Anita Haynes says the public is not being given the logic which is guiding the Government’s decision making process regarding the reopening of schools.

Schools reopened yesterday with all students of Forms 4-6 or equivalent allowed to attend school physically for teaching classes, practicals and school-based assessments.

Post-secondary and Tertiary students were also allowed to attend physical classes for teaching and practicals.

Primary Schools will continue to operate remotely in Term II, with the exception of Standard 5 students, who will return to physical schooling next month alongside Forms 1-3 students.

Speaking on POwer 102 Digital’s Power Breakfast Show, Ms Haynes called for the Education Ministry to be more inclusive in addressing stakeholders’ concerns and to provide the nation with the inputs and data which determine its decisions.

MP Haynes acknowledged the challenges regarding online learning but noted that stakeholders remain concerned with the reopening of schools particularly given the emergence of the COVID Omicron variant.

She said there needs to be better communication with the public in the face of the pandemic and pointed out that constant lockdowns are not sustainable.