Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 2:08 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: International travel, like in-person classes, are on an abrupt halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools around the world opted to online teaching to avoid the spread of the virus.
In Belize, classes closed on March 20 in the middle of the third term for primary school students.
Many schools, such as the Santa Elena Primary School engaged parents, students and teachers in WhatsApp sharing of schoolwork for students to complete and more recently, schools have adopted the use of Seesaw app.
The Ministry of Education says that it is following the advice from the Ministry of Health and decided to keep the classes closed for the remainder of the academic year.
Minister Patrick Faber appealed to schools to make considerations for the promotion of students as well as to relax some of the guidelines for graduations.
But, with the ‘new normal’ if classes re-open by September to begin the new academic year, what will be the new regulations for students and teachers in Belize?
It is no secret that Belizean teachers often have classes with up to over 30 students. How challenging will it be for them to manage children to avoid close interaction?
Will these overcrowded classrooms have space for the 6 feet apart spacing?
These considerations must be done before the plans begin for the start of the new academic year.
Another factor that can have students out of school is parental fear. Parents may fear that their child can get infected at school.
So, whenever the Government decides to resume face-to-face classes, Belizean educators and parents will be faced with the “new normal” to protect their children and themselves.
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