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News Release                                                                                                                                                                                                              26th November, 2021

Dear Editor / Head of Department,

 

Education Ministers meet with Education Stakeholders on Recommendations for the Operations of Schools for Term II 2021/2022

 

 

Ministers of Education Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly and Lisa Morris- Julian, along with Secretary Marslyn Melville-Jack and officials of the Ministry of Education met with the wider body of Education Stakeholders including Principals’ Associations, Denominational School Boards, Special Schools Associations, Private School Associations, the National Parent Teacher Association and TTUTA on Friday, November 26th, 2021, to discuss the operations of schools for Term I 2021/2022 and recommendations for the operations of schools for Term II 2021/2022.

 

Stakeholders expressed satisfaction with the current arrangement, where Forms 4-6 students, as well as students at Special Schools are allowed to be in physical attendance; however, they raised several issues regarding the challenges of managing COVID-19 related matters at schools. Some of the major concerns raised surrounded:

  • The close supervision required to ensure that students do not breach safety protocols;
  • The request that results for COVID-19 testing of school personnel and students be given priority; and
  • The challenges of the rotational system arising out of social distance requirements, which limits school attendance even for the Forms 4- 6 cohort.

 

With regard to recommendations for the operations of Term II 2021/2022, stakeholders generally recommended that schools be allowed to operate as per Term I 2021/2022, where only Forms 4-6 students attend physically, with the possibility of Standard 5 attendance to be considered. A major factor influencing this recommendation is the increased student and teacher absenteeism being experienced due to the rise in positive COVID-19 cases nationally, and the resulting quarantine requirements.

In determining the way forward for Term II 2021/2022, the Ministry of Education will take into consideration our national health circumstances, the regional and global education landscape, as well as the insightful recommendations proffered by the wider stakeholders.

 

The Ministry thanks all stakeholders for their continued dedication, collaboration and co-operation as we approach the close of Term I; and look forward to serving our primary stakeholders, the children of Trinidad and Tobago, in Term II 2021/2022.

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