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School Set To Reopen On September 7

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Primary and High School students are expected back in the classroom in September when the new academic year begins.

That’s the word coming from the Minister of Education Jonel Powell during a national address.

“..many of our teachers and students have been engaging in online instruction since the physical closure of our schools, the Ministry of Education has made a decision that the provision of instruction will end on July 10 2020 as was scheduled on the academic calendar. This means that there is no extension of the academic school year. As such, public school students in St Kitts and Nevis will commence their summer break after July 10, 2020. Where there are school matters to complete teachers are required to avail themselves for the completion of all duties. Therefore the proposed 2020/2021 school year will commence on September 7, 2020.”

Since the arrival of the first case of COVID-19 in the federation, the government closed all schools and moved learning online, through the e-learning mechanism.

Despite there being no active cases of COVID-19 in the Federation, schools remained shut.

Minister Powell says in the first term of the new academic year, there will be a push to ensure there is full student-teacher engagement.

“The first term is proposed to end on December 11, 2020. It is the intention of the Ministry of Education for student/teacher engagement to be maximized during this period. Thus, the processes of teaching, learning, and assessment are expected to be accentuated until December 4, 2020. The days 7 to 11 December 2020 are designated for grading and record-keeping, this allows teachers a period for uninterrupted marking and updating of records.”

Parents can collect term 1 reports on December 14, 2020.

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