Caribbean governments grappling with school problem

St LuciaÕs United Workers PartyÕs parliamentary representative for Micoud North and parliamentary leader for the Opposition, Gail Rigobert. (Pictures by Christoff Griffith.)

The St Lucia government says it will announce today Monday when schools on the island will reopen for the new academic term following the closure in march as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Education Minister Dr Gale Rigobert said she is aware there has been much anxiety by parents and the wider public regarding the pending announcement.

“However, with the circumstances that exist, given the fact that we are still dealing with COVID-19, we had to ensure that discussions were held with all of our major stakeholders and partners, ahead of any such pronouncements.

“It is also prudent for us too, that whatever measures and protocols that we adopt, will ensure that the safety of our students, the staff, caretakers and others is of paramount importance at all times as we continue to minimize the negative impact of COVID-19 as a country,” she added.

Rigobert will on Monday meet with the Chief Education Officer, Fiona Mayer; the Permanent Secretary, Michelle Charles and the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar George, and will later inform parents and the general public as to what the proposed format for the new school year.

“As Minister for Education, next week I will also be making an address to the nation on the new school term as well as a number of other pertinent developments regarding the education sector here in St Lucia,” Rigobert said.

St Lucia is not the only Caribbean country dealing with the situation regarding the reopening of schools in the wake of the virus.

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