By: Chaïra Flanders
Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 25, 2020 (ZIZ News): Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards has highlighted the role of teachers during the physical closure of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the relationship between students, peers and teachers is extremely important, now more than ever during this challenging time.
He was at the time delivering a national address on Monday May 25.
“Teachers, while this is by no means a normal education situation, it is critically important to engage your students through the MS Teams platform and to provide them access to a school community, support network, and learning experience”, Richards explained.
The Education Minister said that the Ministry continues to engage in discussions with health experts to ensure the safe return of students to schools.
“Over the remaining weeks of the current school year, the Ministry of Education will engage parents, students, educators and health experts on a plan for the safe return of students to our schools. The education system remains a top priority for the National Taskforce on COVID-19 and we are avidly working together to ensure schools and classrooms represent the safest learning environments possible”, he said.
Teachers have also been advised to adhere to the directives of school principals, and the Chief or Principal Education Officer, with respect to the time table, lesson planning, and the coverage of curriculum content.