The Ministry of Education has called on members of the public to pay attention to official sources of information regarding COVID-19 and reject fake and second hand news.
The call came in a statement Monday.
It said there must be a certain level of compassion and sensitivity, even as the public is being asked to take the necessary precautions.
According to the statement, children and teachers should not be unfairly targeted or discriminated against in any form or fashion.
“From all we have heard COVID-19 could be with us for a while, so we must learn to manage it, act responsibly and refrain from spreading any fear or panic,” the statement observed.
The Ministry of Education cautioned against any form of stigma and discrimination against teachers, students and staff, particularly those of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS).
A 14 year old male student of the school and a 62-year old female who works at the institution are among individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
According to the Ministry of Education, on Saturday October 17, the Ministry of Health conducted 182 tests at the CCSS, as well as additional screening of parents and students.
The Ministry has advised that parents and students can keep in contact with the school via its official email or by staying in touch with the respective home room teachers.
It said students are asked to use the two weeks during which the CCSS will be closed wisely by continuing online learning, engaging in the exercises set out by teachers and remaining at home.
The Ministry statement quoted Education Minister, Dr. Gale Rigobert, as saying that she recognises that this is a time of much concern and anxiety and empathises with all of the teachers, parents and students, particularly those affected by the recent developments.
“I want to continue to reassure the public, parents and guardians, that we are committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our nation’s children, teachers and ancillary staff and I ask the public to continue to cooperate with us, and to adhere to the protocols. Because the only way we can overcome this is if we do it together,” Rigobert said..