Teachers and students across the island will be returning to the classroom for face-to-face learning next month.

Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw made the announcement during a post-cabinet news conference this evening.

Effective April 19, the start of the trinity term, teaching and auxiliary staff will have to return to school while students in Class 3 and 4, fifth and sixth formers will return to the classroom on Tuesday, April 20.

Other students will return to the classroom in a phased approach. These students will have face-to-face classes for three days and two days online.

Ms. Bradshaw also disclosed that the new school hours will be 9 am- 2 pm.

She said teachers have reported that they want to return to the classroom, due to a number of issues affecting online learning, including students not engaging in classes.

Ms. Bradshaw said the focus must right now be placed on minimizing risks and assures that the ministry will be making every effort to ensure the covid-19 protocols are enforced.

She revealed that school monitors will again be working at the learning institutions and over 1,500 teachers have been vaccinated so far and about 800 more expected soon.



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