Thursday 24 September, 2020

TTUTA calls for immediate closure of schools

With three additional schools closed in the past week due to COVID-19 cases, the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) is calling for the immediate closure of all primary schools.

In a statement, TTUTA noted with “extreme concern” the upsurge in COVID-19 cases which has led to the closure of five schools.

On Sunday, nine new infections were recorded.

TTUTA said the steady increase in COVID-19 infections has significantly impacted students preparing for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination.

In calling for the closure of schools for the safety of teachers and students, TTUTA called on the Ministry to provide teachers and students with devices and connectivity to enable preparation for the SEA exam online.

The necessary operational support must also be provided to teachers by the Ministry, TTUTA added.

TTUTA stressed that no child’s life, no educator’s life is worth the risk of being in public places for the sake of any examination.

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