Schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are set to reopen on Monday May 25, 2020 for Grade 6 and Form 5 students, as well as pupils of technical institutions.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has advised that this is part of a phased reopening process.
The government previously announced that schools will be sanitized and that “BRAGSA would assess school infrastructure to make sure there are sufficient pipes and general facilities to allow students to follow guidelines especially as they relate to hand hygiene.”
Speaking today (May 18) via Facebook, Minister of Education, H0n. St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince, noted that there are two main areas of focus: Sanitization and Physical distancing as the ministry prepares for schools to be reopened.
Prince shared that he visited the Kingstown Preparatory School to get a first hand view of the progress thus far.
“I spoke to Principals and Teachers who expressed enthusiasm for the reopening,” Prince said of his visit.
He informed that BRAGSA was installing water fountains, while the Public Health Department was sanitizing the premises with mist blowing machines.
According to the Education Minister, this project will be conducted throughout the country.
“The schools with the greatest needs are being done first. I will continue these visits in the next few days,” Prince concluded.
The MoE previously announced that the school day will commence at 9:30 am and conclude at 2:30 pm. Online teaching continues for all other students.
The ministry further said it is collaborating with the Ministry of Transport and Works to assist students commuting to and from school daily.