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Antigua and Barbuda: Unvaccinated students will not be left out, Education Minister vows

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(Antigua Observer) “We do have an obligation to educate our children whether vaccinated or unvaccinated and we will not segment our society along those lines.”

So says Education Minister Daryll Matthew amidst growing concerns that – with the November 11deadline approaching for the student vaccine mandate – unjabbed students will be left out in the cold.

The rule stipulates that pupils 12 years and older must had at least one dose of a Covid shot by November 11 or risk losing access to face-to-face learning.

Although, according to Matthew, these students will not be allowed back in the physical classroom, his ministry is presently trying to find ways to ensure that they are reached.

“It may be that we have to ensure that a system is in place for remote learning for those children. I know the Ministry of Education is now finalising plans in terms of how we will reach but I can tell you there will be a significant disadvantage because it is clear that all the experts, all the teachers, all the educators agreed that the best place for children to be is in the classroom,” Matthew said.

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