Jamaica Delays Back To School Reopening

The increase in COVID-19 cases has forced the Jamaican government to delay the reopening of schools on the island.

Schools are now set to reopen on a phased basis starting Monday, October 5, 2020.

According to the Ministry of Education, school re-engagement will be based on a blended approach, which includes: Face-to-Face teaching and learning, online and offline Computer Aided Learning, televised learning, and printed learning kits, the MoEYI’s content app, and other Learning Management Systems.

The Ministry is also set to distribute tablets to teachers and students at the primary level and finalize the procurement of laptops for students on the Program of Advancement through Health and Education at Grades 10-13.

Additionally, the Ministry will activate the Google Suite Learning Management System for all schools, and training will be provided on the use of the system.

Psychosocial support and empowerment sessions will be provided for students, teachers, and parents, and printed learning kits will be distributed to students.

The educational support program will also be extended, and new partnerships will be forged to support distance/remote learning.

According to the Ministry, further details will be provided to the nation after a more in-depth consultation with our stakeholders.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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