MoE to “review the situation” by end of week regarding the reopening of schools – Minister Prince

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The Ministry of Education (MoE) acting on the advise of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) on Saturday (Jan. 2) issued a release, advising that school will remain closed for an additional week, beyond the original scheduled reopening date of January 04, 2021 – for the second term of the 2020-2021 school year.

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. St. Clair Prince provided an update at a press conference on Tuesday (Jan. 5) morning, noting that the MoE will review the situation by the end of this week.

“With respect to the issue of school closure, from the Ministry of Health perspective, the focus is on general screening,” Prince said.

“In discussion with the Ministry of Education this week, they will review the situation based on advice from the Ministry of Health and in the meantime, of course you know the last time we closed school, we used the blended approach to learning and teaching. I think that would be in place again if by some way they’re not able to reopen school.”

“… But I think that they’ll review it by the end of this week,” the minister concluded.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has confirmed sixteen (16) local cases of COVID-19.