COVID-19 Risk assessment to assist in informing decision on reopening of schools

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says a risk assessment of trends in the new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is being done by health officials to assist in determining whether the proposed phased reopening of schools for the 2020/21 academic year, beginning September 7, should proceed or be delayed.

 

“If the cases continue to spike and it is deemed unsafe for students and teachers to physically return to school, we will have to reassess [the situation] and put in place contingency plans to face that eventuality,” he said.

 

Government Procuring Laptops And Tablets For PATH Students

The Government is in the process of procuring 100,000 laptops and tablets for the country’s most vulnerable students, for use in the upcoming academic year.

 

This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, who said that the devices are being provided for Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) students.

 

Education Ministry To Establish Learning Management System

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is moving to establish a National Learning Management System (LMS) that will better allow schools to create, deliver and manage lessons and other training materials.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, during his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 28).

He said that the electronic system will be procured and implemented in partnership with existing providers.

Early-Childhood Institutions To Get Sanitization Grant

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is to provide a sanitisation grant to assist early-childhood institutions across the island.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on June 30.

Mr. Samuda also informed that the Ministry is now carrying out an assessment to determine the number of early-childhood institutions that have been closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Karl Samuda Now Education Minister

The Hon. Karl Samuda has been appointed Minister of Education, Youth and Information.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during a meeting with Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Board members on Wednesday (June 17) at the institution’s Palisadoes Park address in Kingston.

Minister Samuda has served as Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education since March 2019. Prior to that, he was Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Schools Reopen For CSEC And CAPE Students June 8

Beginning June 8, 2020, secondary schools will be temporarily reopened to facilitate final preparation for the sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), scheduled to get under way on July 13, 2020.

 

The CSEC examinations and CAPE, which were originally slated to start on July 27, have been brought forward following consultations with regional and local educational stakeholders and the leadership of the Overseas Examinations Commission.

 

Data Grants For Students On PATH

Students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will be provided with data grants, which will enable them to fully participate in the online learning experience.

A total of 1,435 students have already been selected to receive data paid for by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.

Also, some 303 additional students are being provided with data grants by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Education Ministry Signs MOU To Enhance Learning For All Children

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ReadyTV for the development, management and distribution of digital educational channels, as part of an eHomeSchool Network.

Speaking in the House of Representatives on May 5, Minister with oversight for the Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the agreement will ensure that those students who have no access to the Internet will continue to receive instructions.

Education Ministry To Provide Nutritional Support To PATH Students Amid School Closure

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be providing nutritional support through Nutrition Products Limited to students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) for the period that they will be out of school over the next two weeks.

Karl Samuda Thanks School Administrators, Teachers And Partners As MoEYI Rolls Out Home-schooling Programme

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda has thanked teachers, school administrators and other partners for collaborating with the Government to allow the provision of educational content to students in their homes following the closure of schools for 14 days.