Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 8:12 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health (MOH) says that it has reviewed the Ministry of Education’s (MOE)’s action plan for the reopening of schools and thinks that it is workable.
Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services for the MOH said that both ministries recently conducted a meeting where his ministry reviewed the plan which includes separating the country into different tiers, according to their level of risk. The MOH also worked in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to review the mental health component of the MOE’s reopening plan for students.
“We have reviewed the plan, it seems solid, it seems doable. And it would fall in line with what we as a Ministry of Health are recommending as to how we go about opening or closing situations,” Manzanero said.
While the MOH is confident, the Belize National Teachers Union ( is not and is currently seeking feedback from their members on how comfortable they are with the MOE’s decision to reopen schools on August 10.
BNTU National President Elena Smith, has gone on record to say that she believes August 10 is too early and that schools will not have enough time to prepare properly. There also exists a growing concern about the impact that the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport will have on schools.
Minister of Education Patrick Faber said that if more cases of COVID-19 begin surfacing, the MOE will order the closure of schools again, but that the ministry needs to get a start on the new school year.
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