Ministry ‘ready for elearning’

Online teaching has started at all tertiary institutions and most private schools.

A statement from the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training (METVT) said this follows consultations last week with substantive Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw and ministry officials, principals of all public and private schools, and unions representing teachers and principals.

From April 20 to 24, all public schools will be preparing to roll out online teaching using the Google G Suite for Education platform.

The statement said this platform may be accessed from any PC, laptop, tablet or smart mobile device.

The ministry emphasised the importance of education during the curfew period and is working with providers and suppliers to ensure every child has Internet access and devices to utilise the new elearning platform. Radio and television will be utilised in the interim to provide educational content to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.  

Further assistnce can be accessed by calling the ministry’s helpdesk at 535-0798, between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Additional information may be found on the ministry’s website www.mes.gov.bb.

The ministry advised those schools and teachers who are ready to engage with their students using the Google G Suite Classroom that they may do so, but no new concepts are to be taught.

These new measures are being implemented after schools were closed last term to limit spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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