At the start of this week, hardcopy educational booklets courtesy of the Ministry of Education became available across the country. These booklets were produced as learning aides for pre-primary, primary and secondary students as they remain out of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The booklets are in such high demand that yesterday when our news team went looking for a copy the outlets were already out. Dr Babb stated that they will increase efforts to meet the high demand of the booklets.
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer: “So we have different modality. We are doing online lessons for those who have access to television and radio, we’re also delivering hard packages like actual paper the same lessons that are online people can have access to those packages they will be distributed to every single district and parents can have them at various locations like major stores, financial institution, etc. When we didn’t have them in Belize City parents were calling, parents do want their children to have these packages they want their children to be engaged at this time. I think next week when we give out the new set we will get them on a more timely basis. We are printing 20,000 for primary and preschool and 10,000 for secondary school. As you know there are only about sixty secondary schools and there are about three hundred primary schools across the country so the demand for primary is definitely more and we’re going to try our best to try to meet the needs of students.”
Dr Babb also spoke on the effectiveness of learning outside the classroom, without the urgency of having to study for tests and complete homework in a timely manner.
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer: “We realized that this is an unprecedented time. This has never happened in the history of Belize and so we’re appealing to parents we have to appeal to parents because school is not open as it normally should so we appeal to parents to support their children to ensure that they are listening to the radio shows, for some of them they can also watch the television shows, those who have access to internet and a device they can also participate so we appeal to parents ensure that your children are doing the online activities or using the hard copy to make sure that they’re making good use of this time.”
The booklets are available at major stores around the country. A list of these stores is available on the Ministry of Education’s Facebook page.