Schools in SVG will remain closed for additional two (2) weeks

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The Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation and Information wishes to inform all parents, guardians, teachers, students and other stakeholders that schools will remain closed for an additional two (2) weeks in the first instance, beyond the scheduled opening date of Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

The Ministry of Education says it will continue to be guided by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment regarding the reopening of schools.

The Ministry is exercising all efforts to ensure that students are able to continue their academic journey through the use of different modalities of learning.

“Let us all continue to work harmoniously to combat the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Ministry said.

During a meeting of Parliament on Tuesday (Apr. 7), Minister of Education Hon. St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince said:

“We don’t think that we should open school next week. The decision was made for students to remain at home for a further two weeks, in the first weeks in the first instance, and continue their learning through online modalities.”

“…The situation will be reassessed at the end of this period through further consultation with our stakeholders and a determination made in the interest of our beloved children, our teachers, and our country.”

Schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) closed one week earlier than the scheduled break for Easter in light of the global pandemic COVID-19.

SVG currently has 8 confirmed cases; 7 active, 1 recovered.