24.1 C
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Home News Local News Minister of Education Confident in the Re-Opening of Schools

Minister of Education Confident in the Re-Opening of Schools

By Kevon Browne

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): We are now officially in the month of September, the month known as back to school month.

Considering the state of affairs as it pertains to life in the time of COVID-19 and the reopening of schools, the Federation’s teachers began training in August, for the new school term and new school protocols which include social distancing.

During the Tuesday (September 1) broadcast of the program Leadership Matters, the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Jonel Powell addressed the reopening of schools and the new protocols that have been finalized. Teachers are expected to report to work on Monday (September 7) while students are expected to report for classes on Wednesday (September 9).

“It has been a challenge but the Ministry of education has a very competent team at its helm and very dedicated teachers and other staff who are all focused on ensuring that the schools in St. Kitts and Nevis open next week in a healthy and efficient manner…”

He went on to express that the ministry is working to ensure that the teacher, staff and students have the necessary support in this school year with special emphasis on the students as the priority.

Later during the broadcast, a question was raised surrounding the confidence of the Ministry of Education in the reopening of school. Powell expressed that he is very confident in the ministry’s plan given the amount of work and collaboration poured into this endeavor. He also went on to give a snapshot of some details of the new protocols to be made fully public on Wednesday (September 2).

“It is a document that has been put together based on a lot of input from all of our stakeholders around the Ministry of Education… It [is] basically set out in three areas.
Part A outlines the structure of the school year 2020-2021 and provided all of the various dates, important academic dates, the start and end dates for the different terms and different education dates of significant importance.

Part B describes the logistical arrangements for school operations and speaks to all of the things we are putting in place to ensure that the teachers and other ancillary staff are trained and continue to be trained not just in COVID-19 protocols but also in relation our E-learning platforms that we are also using in a blended learning situation.

And then part C gives the health and safety protocols that we have adopted and will put in process in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He went on to explain that some schools will be on a shift system or staggered time system because of their larger population to make sure that the schools are not overpopulated.

The high schools that are on the shift system are the Washington Archibald Highs School, the Basseterre High School and the primary schools are the Beach Allen Primary School, The Dr. William Connor Primary School, The Sandy Point Primary School, the Tucker Clarke Primary School, and the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School.

Listen here

Most Popular

US-Funded Natural Hazard Resilience Training Starts Monday October 26

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):The United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) invested US$50,000 in the development of a...

Reese Walters Gets Life Sentence for Murdering Teenager

By Devonne Cornelius St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — Mr. Reese Walters who was convicted of the 2014 murder of 15-year-old Shante Claxton will be...

Promoters Warned that Events Will be Shut Down if they Breach COVID-19 Regulations

By Kevon Browne   St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Officials describe the shutting down of a fete last weekend as a warning, to all, that violation...

Officials Move to Enforce COVID-19 Compliance

By Kevon Browne St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): As the Federation prepares to reopen its borders, authorities plan to step up inspections and to enforce...

Former Nevis Premier to Spearhead Public Sector Reform

By Devonne Cornelius St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis will be undertaking a Public Sector Reform program which...

Police Sergeant Charged In Connection With PCCU Fraud Case

By Kevon Browne St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): On Monday, October 19, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force formally arrested and charged Sergeant...

Hanna Makes It Official

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Forty-five-year-old Lisa Rene Hanna is now officially a candidate to contest the November 7 election to replace Dr Peter...

CXC’s Independent Review Team Report Released

By Kevon Browne St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The official report from the independent review team to review the processes and the modified approach to...

Water Storage Tanks and Delivery Systems Installed in 18 Schools in the Federation

By Kevon Browne St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The federal project to secure water in vulnerable schools in St. Kitts and Nevis saw the delivery...

PM Harris Lauds Several Key Public Officials For Their Exemplary Performance During COVID-19

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 21, 2020 (SKNIS): Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris lauded several key public servants and entities for playing an...


Contact a Program
If you are interested in a program or advertising, send us a message.
Send Message
Signup for our Newsletter
We'll only be in touch when we've something exciting to share.
We never share your details
No thanks