Belize has been forced to enter into an age of online schooling due to covid-19. While there was uncertainty surrounding the move, Chief Education Officer, Dr Carol Babb stated that she has gotten positive feedback. Additionally, students who have not been able to access the online classes have benefitted from hardcopy booklets and educational radio and television programs. According to Dr Babb, these initiatives will be here to stay for the time being.
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer: “Teachers and parents and students are enjoying the online classes we actually also have hard copies of lessons too and parents are accessing it. We get feedback they’re enjoying it along with their children. The online ones those who have access to devices and to internet are doing well too and we’ve got good feedback. We’re also providing online education to teachers and I’ve had some friends who have told me that they’re enjoying it because we providing psycho-social support to them as well, financial literacy, physical education how to keep healthy, providing them with support about the issues that they might be facing. Actually we’ve had very good feedback so I think it’s working well. We will definitely have to move to more online schooling because if you look at what we’re faced with now with COVID-19 we must social distance to a minimum of three feet, three to six feet, so if you think of a big school like maybe Holy Redeemer thirty children can’t be in a classroom anymore so we’ll have to be very innovative and come up with a new way of schooling. It will not be the same as normal, not every child will be able to go back to school the way they used to so there will need to be some form of shift system but I don’t really want to comment on that because we’re still working those issues out.”
While classes were tentatively set to resume in August, Dr Carol Babb stated that they still cannot say for sure if this will be the case.