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National Strategy Needed To Return To Classes

The resumption of in-person learning will not be an easy task, according to Education Minister Glenys Hanna- Martin.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The resumption of in-person learning will not be an easy task, according to Education Minister Glenys Hanna- Martin, who says the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges.

Giorgio Bain reports.



Interruptions in education brought on by the pandemic are widening the learning divide, according to Education Minister Glenys Hanna-martin which says it has had adverse effects on students, especially those with special needs.  

According to United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization (UNESCO) school closures carry social and economic costs for the most vulnerable students. 

According to Hanna-Martin this makes it critical that the Ministry of Education begin the process of assessing how the interruption in face to face learning has affected students in The Bahamas. 

The Ministry of Education has enlisted the help of the Department of Statistics in understanding the barriers students face in accessing virtual learning.   

Another factor hindering the return to school campus’ is a delay in school repairs. 

A teacher shortage is also a challenge. 

Hanna-Martin said there needs to be a national strategy involving educators, guidance counsellors, and attendance officers to reach out to students who have missed classes. 

Reporting for our news I’m Giorgio Bain. 

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