BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - MINISTER OF EDUCATION, Jonel Powell announced that all schools in the Federation would remain closed at this time due to the ongoing community spread of the Coronavirus.
Speaking at the Prime Minister's press conference this morning (June 3), Minister Powell said classes would not resume for face-to-face contact for the remainder of this academic year, which means that all educational activities would continue virtually.
“This is as a result of the community spread and the fact that we as a Ministry do not think that the risk is worth it,” noted Powell.
At the most recent NEOC media briefing, Chief Medical officer Dr. Hazel Laws had announced that a determination of the reopening of schools would be done after the results were obtained for students currently under quarantine.
“The results of the tests will determine the way forward in terms of reopening of schools,” the CMO stated.
But Minister Powell said that it does not make sense since schools are scheduled to be closed in a few weeks time.
He noted that the curriculum reform programme currently being undertaken by the Ministry has allowed for continuous assessment of students throughout the academic year, allowing for them not to have to return for final exams.
The Minister explained that student performances would be assessed based on the continuous assessment, and regarding secondary schools, it was noted that those students would still be able to write their common examinations.
“The Ministry will indicate to parents and students the modality in which they will have that opportunity. We will also be prioritising our fifth form students who are about to write the CXC examination,” disclosed Powell.