By Demion McTair Updated 2:47 p.m., Tuesday, 21 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – A decision was made today (April 21) that schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines would remain closed for the time being and that the situation would be reviewed in 2 weeks.
In his daily updates, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Senator Luke Browne said the decision was made after the Ministry of Education met with health officials this morning to discuss the re-opening of schools.
PROSPECTS FOR ONLINE SCHOOL
The St. Martins Secondary School (SMSS) recently said that it was putting classes online, through its E-Learning site. But, yesterday (April 20) the School said on its facebook page that it was “experiencing some technical difficulties due to the high activity on the site”.
Today. however, it said the “site is up and running. Please get your son(s)/ ward(s) to log in”.
Minister of Education, Jimmy Prince said in Parliament on April 7 that mass training of teachers and education officers in online systems is currently taking place in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as Covid-19 pandemic has led to the disruption of face-to-face learning.
Minister Prince had said over 200 teachers had already been trained and over 200 more will be trained in an initiative spearheaded by the University of the West Indies, Open Campus.
As for delivery of material, the Minister said “consensus was reached on a suitable online platform for mass education of students following a review of a variety of needs”.
Prince had also said in his April 7 contribution to the Supplementary Appropriations Bill in Parliament that the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines budgeted some EC $4 million dollars towards the purchasing of over 12,000 Tablets to facilitate students’ learning online.
His remarks came as the education system makes way for online learning due to disruptions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.