Ministry of Education develops strategy to host teacher training to enhance virtual learning

By: Chaïra Flanders

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 21, 2020 (ZIZ News): The Ministry of Education in St. Kitts-Nevis has developed a strategy that will train teachers to better facilitate e-learning over the next 14 days in the event that there is yet another extended school closure.

This was announced by Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Tricia Esdaille, during the April 20 National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 Daily Briefing.

“Training for teachers will focus on the use of Microsoft Teams which has been selected by the Ministry of Education for use by schools for virtual education in the event of extended closure. A strategic approach to training will be implemented in phases, with teachers trained in cohorts or groups over the course of the next two weeks,” Dr. Esdaille said.

Dr. Esdaille said that more than 800 teachers will have been given Microsoft team credentials. Microsoft Teams is a virtual classroom learning platform.

“There are over 800 teachers in our teaching force; currently, more than half of our teachers have credentials for Microsoft teams and all 800 teachers will have credentials midweek of this week to support the full training of our teaching for”, he said.

Students’ engagement with the Flow Study self-paced learning platform was set to begin on Monday April 20 while teacher training was scheduled to begin on Tuesday April 21.

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