Education Minister Shawn Edward asserted that Saint Lucia would ultimately be vindicated in the decision to resume physical classroom sessions as he visited some learning institutions where the phased resumption of face-to-face schooling began on Monday.
“I believe at the end of it Saint Lucia will be vindicated – the Ministry of Education will be vindicated for taking a decision to have our children back in school,” Edward declared.
“I must tell you that all the teachers, principals, and even students I have spoken to are very happy to be back in school. They too appreciate the amount of time that has been lost to the pandemic, so the faster we can have everybody back in school, the better it will be for us as a country,” the Dennery North MP stated.
But he made it clear that the safety of teachers and students is ‘first and foremost’.
“We’ll spare no effort to ensure that our children are safe,” Edward said. “And once we have dialogued sufficiently with our stakeholders, particularly our Ministry of Health, we will make further pronouncements on whether we will have the full reintegration of all students,” Edward disclosed.
However, he acknowledged that there would be challenges along the way.
Nevertheless, the minister assured that the education sector will not cower but make resources available and work and dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure that this country’s children get the best possible education under the circumstances.