Students to return to face-to-face learning via a phased approach – PM Skerrit

Dominican children in school uniform – File photo

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that students will soon return to face-to-face learning; however it will be done using a phased approach.

He  made the announcement during his weekly one-on-one Anou Pale’ talk show on Sunday night.

Following a surge in Covid-19 cases in 2020, the Ministry of Education had taken a decision to revert to the online platform to safeguard students and educators at the start of the 2021-2022 academic year.

“The Ministry of Education has untaken extensive work in considering the school context as it relates to population, classroom size and recreation space,” he said. “Based on this careful assessment, we are confident that we can soon move safely to face-to-face instructions using a phased approach.”

He continued, “Cabinet this coming week will give consideration to a set of guidelines for a blended approach to instruction which will take effect within the coming weeks.”

According to the Prime Minister, schools will accommodate students by grade levels based on the overall population size while adhering to the recommended social distancing requirements.

“The protocols and guidelines will be made available to the public and an announcement of a confirmed date for the resumption of face-to-face classes on a phase basis will be made shortly,” he stated.

He added that these protocols will also allow the government to assess and evaluate the implementation in order to make a determination for the total return of face-to-face learning.

Skerrit commended the officials of the Ministry of Education and the Minister for their hard work and for their efforts over the past 2 years which he said guaranteed the continued learning of children online and in person.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

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6 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    January 26, 2022

    Skerrit’s dictatorial, non-inclusive, ‘I run things’ governance is putting the whole nation at risk. He cannot lead.

    A good, astute leader would have first consulted with a representative body comprising of senior education officers, principals and parents to elicit their opinions. This matter of in-person classes has serious ramifications for the entire country. But, again, what do you expect of an arrogant, authoritative, not-too-bright despot?

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  2. Say It Is
    January 25, 2022

    He commends the work of Ministry officials??? What about the teachers??? Shouldn’t they be commended for their hard work??? After all, they are ACTUALLY the ones on the ground, not ministry officials!!! Teachers are always forgotten!!! Just like how they forgot to give them laptops. Alas!!! Who will speak for the teachers??? Surely not the DORMANT teachers’ union!!!

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    • Ibo France
      January 26, 2022

      When the students do well, we usually reserve the commendations for the students, parents and Minister of Education. The hard working teachers are like vapour, invisible.

      Many of these financially struggling teachers work overtime for free. They use their own money to buy materials ( manipulatives, manilla, markers, chalk, etc.).I hope the teachers would continue to work diligently. You are not only teachers, you are also the true and legitimate nation builders. Big Up yourselves TEACHERS!

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  3. Ibo France
    January 25, 2022

    Let’s take this to the ridiculous. If Skerrit were to charge you for copyrights infringement, DNO, you would have owed the man tens of millions.

    Go out in the different communities and ask real people how they are surviving. Visit schools, the DSC, construction sites, various ministries of government, supernarkets, restaurants, small business owners, sports men and women, of course, with permission granted, ask about what’s happening.

    These efforts would be to get a true idea of the current affairs in the country. Stop relying on Anou Pale so heavily. You are not bed ridden.

    To add your own take on this matter, why couldn’t you seek to interview school principles, teachers, students and parents about their personal views on the matter?

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    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      January 26, 2022

      Boss, Ibo Malaprop France, looks like you own a share in DNO, or you and DNO are affiliated some how. I’ve seen and read some comments of yours DNO allows to go FREE and others of similar nature posted by others never make it on this site.
      DNO, why all this respect for one and others are scrutinized to the max? Search your conscience. Remember I am on the BLOCK.

      ADMIN: He receives the same treatment. Some of his comments have not seen the light of day just as some of yours. For guidance on what comments are allowed please view our comment policy here: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/policies/#comment-policy

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  4. Tangled Weave
    January 25, 2022

    This is madness. Covid cases are popping up left and right.

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