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Education CEO Says Face to Face Learning Remains a Priority

Yesterday we reported that the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School was reverting to online learning and school packages after three teachers and four students had tested positive for the COVID-19. Today, the Ministry of Education sent out a press release on the issue noting that the school’s administration has been advised not return to face to face learning until January 2022. Chief Executive Officer at Ministry of Education, Dian Maheia spoke to Love News on the situation saying that it shouldn’t change the public’s perspective on the need for a return to face-to-face learning.

Diane Maheia, CEO, Ministry of Education: “What we are seeing in the schools who are open right now for hybrid learning is that procedures are really being followed. As you know, as everyone knows, it’s really impossible to predict when COVID will infiltrate its way into your community. We are seeing that our schools that are open are following the expected procedures and we know if you’ll remember I think this is something that we spoke about already we have recognized for the Ministry of Education the importance of monitoring the situation across the country for schools and so our hub that’s on our website helps us to gauge where the numbers are higher. Now as we’ve been told by the Ministry of Health and Wellness as numbers are increasing in Caye Caulker you know their recommendation is that we close because they’re considering that there is a community spread happening there. To be honest as we prepared the procedures for heading back into the classroom we realized that this is something that would have to be taken into account, there are going to be some schools in areas where the COVID cases are higher and so this may be something that would happen. It’s not a matter of taking it lightly as a matter of fact it’s the opposite. It’s trying to balance the recognition that COVID is serious with the fact that education is serious so we can’t continue to keep the children out of school. In some situations children are less monitored, there is less control for children when they’re not in school. So right now those schools who are reopening are seeing that even if it’s just for a few days of the week , even if it’s just for a few hours of the day that they are being able to monitor and they are being able to try to keep tabs and make sure that the students are maintaining procedures. At the end of the day the most important thing in combating COVID will be the behaviors that we practice.”

Maheia noted that the Ministry of Education will continue to monitor the situation with the school’s faculty and staff and will provide the public with updates as they become available.