Ministry boasts seamless return to school; almost perfect attendance
The Ministry of Education (MoE) is touting the resumption of school for more than 19,000 standard five students as a success.
Classes fully reopened on Monday for the youngsters who are preparing to write the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination on August 20.
The students and teachers returned to schools under strict health and safety guidelines after education facilities were closed on March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement said principals, school supervisors and MoE officials have been working assiduously to prepare for the commencement of classes. Classrooms have been set up to ensure that physical distancing, as well as cleaning and sanisation protocols, are observed.
According to the release, 100 percent of principals in all seven education districts attended school. Meanwhile, all teachers in the Caroni, St Patrick, Port-of-Spain, South Eastern and St George East education districts turned up while 99 percent returned to schools in the North Eastern and Victoria districts.
As it relates to student attendance, the MoE said 93 to 95 percent returned to all in the education districts.
"Parents and guardians are encouraged to send their standard five (5) children to school to prepare for the upcoming SEA Examination, as their health and safety is assured. It is in the best interest of the students to take advantage of this opportunity," the Ministry ended.
The “Guidelines for the Reopening of Schools” were drafted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and were sent to principals. School Supervisors have also been visiting these schools to support principals in ensuring that all health protocols are observed.