By Demion McTair. Updated 5:25 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Schools throughout the country are being prepared for phased reopening, Education Minister, St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince posted today on Facebook.
“The two main areas of focus are Sanitization and Physical distancing.
Earlier today I visited one school, Kingstown Preparatory, to get a first hand view of progress so far” -Prince further stated in his post.
Schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are set to open on Monday, May 25, 2020, for finalizing students at the grades 6 and form 5 levels, as well as for vocational education levels.
Schools across the country were closed about a week ahead of schedule before the Easter break amidst fears of the coronavirus spreading.
In response, the education ministry facilitated mass training of teachers with online systems and schools were able to use online systems to continue classes.
As final exams loom, however, the education ministry took the decision to re-open schools to facilitate finalizing students.
Mr. Prince said that some educators are happy about the re-opening decision.
“I spoke to Principals and Teachers who expressed enthusiasm for the reopening” – Prince wrote.
But, some educators have expressed concerns about the safety of students and teachers amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Education said his ministry was coordinating with the Buildings Roads and General Services Authority (BRAGSA), and the Public Health Department to ensure the safety water fountains are installed, and sanitizing is done with “mist blowing machines”.
Prince stated that the sanitation process is being duplicated throughout the Country, and the schools with the greatest needs are being done first.