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Updated on July 10, 2020 11:53 am
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Ministry Engages Stakeholders On Phased Reopening of School

he Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development will convene a meeting with stakeholders on Thursday June 18th, 2020, to review the phased re-opening of school as of June 3rd, 2020 and to address options for the academic year 2020/2021.

The meeting, which will follow Covid-19 guidelines, will take place at the Stanley John Odlum Memorial Secondary School in Marigot and will commence at 9 am. 

The Ministry, on the advice of the Ministry of Health and Wellness decided, along with stakeholders, to commence a phased reopening of school in the physical classroom space for Grade Six and Form Five as of June 03, 2020.

The decision was taken to facilitate the preparation of students for the Common Entrance and CSEC Examinations, respectively. 

A multi-faceted approach to instruction for the third-term has been utilized, through several virtual means, to keep students engaged during the period away from the classroom, as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Thursday’s consultations will address the imminent end of the third term and will explore instructional and operational modalities for the commencement of the 2020/2021 academic year in September.  

The Ministry values stakeholder engagement, and as we plan for the new academic year, we reaffirm our commitment to affording the nation’s children and teachers the best learning and teaching experience, even during this uncertain period.

Hence, the concerted effort to invite the participation of our stakeholders in determining the way forward.

The outcome would be communicated through the usual official channels.


  1. When making the decisions, I hope consideration is given to working parents who have no babysitting options.

  2. Although Aunty Gail generally means well, it is clear that her ministry is not properly managed. I have noticed matters pertaining to school administration being handles by the PS instead of the Chief Education Officer, The PS engages her self in matters in a vindictive manner. Neither The PS nor Aunty Gail understands the workings of all the departments of education. As a result their approach is to ostracize some departments or attempt to starve them of government allocations provided under the budget estimates. The PS enjoys that aspect of her job, but what she doesn’t know is that the longest rope has an end.

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