Another 22 schools have re-opened under the Education Ministry’s face-to-face teaching programme.
This means 39 schools are now engaging in physical sessions, as the first 17 institutions that started the pilot, continue to have classes.
Speaking in Parliament today, Education Minister Fayval Williams indicated that of the 171 high schools across Jamaica, 87 were classified as being low risk, with 66 being compliant with COVID-19 protocols and deemed satisfactory for re-opening.
Among primary schools, 211 of the island’s 750 were classified as low risk, with 59 deemed COVID-19 compliant.
Mrs. Williams said following a series of consultations with the 125 compliant schools, 22 indicated willingness to commence classes yesterday.
Mrs. Williams gave a list of the institutions that re-opened this week.
In the meantime, the Education Minister indicated that some schools have been having success with online learning and have indicated a preference to continue with this modality in light of the continuing pandemic.
Mrs. Williams also announced that the Education Ministry has reduced the content to be assessed, and delayed the sittings of the performance task and the curriculum-based tests to be done by grade six students under the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).
Mrs. Williams said the Ministry will be engaging planned interventions including the services of private education consultants to assist students to prepare for the upcoming exams.
She noted the grade six PEP exams will begin in February.