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📣 Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed.                      📣 PRESS RELEASE Belmopan. April 6, 2020. 10:30 a.m. – The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio.                      📣 ***PATIENT 4 PASSES*** – Love News has confirmed with a family member that Patient 4 lost his fight against COVID-19. Reports indicate he passed away earlier today after underlying complications.                      📣 Belmopan. April 5, 2020. 8:15 a.m. – Ministry of Health confirms Fifth case of COVID-19 in Belize.                      📣 Today, April 5, 2020 at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing protocol of the Ministry of Health identified a fifth case of COVID-19. The patient is a Belizean student who returned from Florida.                      📣 The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable.                      📣 A total of 102 samples were processed on April 4th and into the early hours of today. The samples processed included close contacts from both Belize City and San Ignacio and that of health care workers in the Cayo District who had been in contact with patient #4.                      📣 The remaining 101 samples were all negative for COVID-19, and therefore, the Ministry is still unable to determine who the infected contact was for patient #4.
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  • Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed
    Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed

    PRESS RELEASE Belmopan. April 6, 2020. 10:30 a.m. The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio. One of the males identified is a contact of […]

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Education Sector in the Caribbean Lacks Political Will, Says Regional Educator

It is no secret that there are critical issues in Belize’s education system as even Education Minister, Patrick Faber has alluded to such ranging from the quality of teachers in the classroom to the need for changes in the curriculum.  But on a wider view of things, Belize is not the only country in the Caribbean or in the region that is facing challenges in the education sector.  In a recent assessment done on the sector, Senior Research Officer at the University of the West Indies Open Campus noted that there is a lack of political will, vested interests and deep conservatism that is obstructing the transformation of the region’s education sector.  Meanwhile, Regional Educator, Dr Glenford Howe says there is more to it than just those issues cited.  He says there is an aversion to things not rooted in the colonial experience as well as a lack of institutional and implementation capacity and a fear of the effects of change.  In addition, the senior educator noted, quote, “Since the education system in the region was not designed to be inclusive, it is not surprising that, in the absence of fundamental reforms, it is proving to be unfit for education provision in a 21st century context, in which the focus is on democratization of access, inclusiveness, equitable provision of education for all learners, and addressing the individual needs of each student.”  End of quote.  Dr Howe also spoke of the outdated and outmoded criteria being used to test Caribbean students, saying that the regional education system remains inadequate at preparing young people for the world of work as reflected in the growing number of unemployed and underemployed persons, especially youth.  Furthermore, he says that there is a serious skills deficit across the region and an overall low educational base in many countries.  As it relates to technical and vocational education, Dr Howe says there continues to be a false perception in the region that such programmes are for school drop-outs and poor performers.  Dr Howe has drafted a CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy that addresses many of the systematic failures he has identified.  For now, it is unclear whether that strategy will reach Belize and if it would be implemented.

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