The Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced that schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) will reopen on May 25th, 2020 for Grade 6 and Form 5 students, as well as pupils of technical institutes.
Since schools have been closed due to COVID-19, classes have been conducted online, through various mediums.
Concerns have risen as to how students who do not live in homes with electricity are supposed to participate in e-learning.
The prime minister said that he has told the relevant personnel to send him a list to send to the St. Vincent Electricity Services Ltd. (VINLEC) to see what can be done.
“Those without electricity, I tell them tell me their names and I send their names to VINLEC to see what we can do about that. I haven’t gotten a report on that yet.”
The government previously announced that it will be purchasing some 30,000 tablets for students to aid with e-learning.
“The chances of children infecting children, statistically has been very slim. It’s more a case if adults infecting the children.”
“Do you really think an 11-year-old child is going to keep on a mask all day. They’re going pull it down their neck, put it underneath here (pointing to his chin), it becomes a bag collecting germs. Put it back up, touch up their face.”
“It’s all well and good to mention things theoretically, but you always have to ground it with the practical requisites of the situation.”
Gonsalves stated instead, physical distancing measures can be implemented.
“Some classes where you have much larger classes, they will have to be divided more.”
“…Larger schools such as Prep School and C.W. Prescott will have to do their social distancing arrangements internally, and we’ll see how that goes…. no one size is going to fit all.”