Cabinet agrees to the return of 4th and 5th Form students to their classrooms

The Director of Education and the Deputy proposed, on the basis of their analysis of the current vaccination status of teachers and students, that 4th and 5th Form students ought to be allowed to return to face-to-face learning.

Following an intense debate on the impact which might result, the Cabinet agreed to the return of 4th and 5th Form students to their classrooms.

The requisite number of teachers with the necessary skills would be assigned by the management team at the Ministry of Education.

Based on the vulnerability of primary school students, and based on other data regarding the vaccination of their teachers, Primary School shall remain a distance-learning experience.

Access to the Internet has been a challenge for some families, even when the devices are available to the students. The Cabinet has vowed to fix this inadequacy.

The President and General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (ABUT) were invited to Cabinet.

It was affirmed that 85% of teachers have been vaccinated in the public schools, and that 100% vaccination has been achieved in many private schools.

At the College level, 83% of teachers have been vaccinated. Special attention is to be paid to physically challenged students who require face-to-face instructions.

The Adele School is expected to continue receiving its full student body, and 100% of its teachers are reportedly vaccinated.

The Cabinet was presented with a list of required teaching staff, numbering 109, to meet the shortfall experienced by the absence of those teachers who have not taken the vaccines; the Cabinet authorized the three-month hiring of those 109 substitute teachers.

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