Students expressed mixed reactions to school reopening

By Ashecia Sam. Updated 2:58 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2020 Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – In preparation for external examinations, finalizing students in St. Vincent and the Grenadines returned to the classroom on Monday.

This batch of students includes the Grade six and fifth form students who will be writing the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate- CSEC Examinations respectfully.

Both Examinations are administered by the regional examination body the Caribbean Examination Council- CXC.
In an interview with local television station SVG TV, students expressed mixed reactions about returning to the classroom.

A grade six student says he is happy to return to classroom to get to see his friends and to be able to write the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment.

“I don’t want to be here at all because first of all they say that we were supposed to come to school for certain subjects. Now we hear to come school for all the subjects. We don’t know what’s out there, we don’t know what’s going on. So, I do not want to be here at all” says a fifth former.

Another fifth former says she thinks the school is taking the right precautions because they don’t want anybody to get infected. “I am really happy that we can come back to school so that we can get to do exams safely”, she says.

“I feel good that I am coming back to school to see my friends and to learn so that I can prepare for CPEA”, says a grade six student

A female fifth former says “I don’t see the need to be here because I don’t see the rush to open school when St. Vincent is not the only country to do CXC. And that date they heard is set can alter so I really don’t see the need why you rushing”. She says, “it is kind of ironic to have we come to school because they already stated to practice social distancing and this is not allowing social distancing”.

Another fifth former says “to be honest I know that I don’t want to be here but I kind of need to because for some of my subjects I need practice. For example, for Maths. I know we need practice for multiple choice because it might be a bit harder, so I am happy that they bring us in to teach us in because we felt as if we weren’t learning as much in the online classes”.

She says while we may not want to be here, but I am thankful that they brought us back.

The fifth former says she wants the opportunity to study at home as well as that offer was initially made to them.

Minister of Education, St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince described the reopening of school thus far as successful.

And he is heartened that the parents, students and teachers have all come on board.

Students are expected to write their external exams in July.

See video from SVG TV here

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