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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2020. 11:01 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) is calling on all education stakeholders, particularly parents, to be ready for the reopening of schools on August 10, stressing that children have the right to quality education, but also the right to be protected from harm.

The NCFC issued a statement today, acknowledging that the pandemic has been incredibly disruptive for parents and students alike, but that the Ministries of Education and Health have assured that necessary protocols are being implemented in schools all over the country to ensure the safe resumption of classes.

“It will be imperative that teachers adapt and find a way to deliver appropriate and adequate education in a rapidly changing world. For this to be accomplished it will require all relevant social partners to be on board, especially parents,” the NCFC said. “The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) urges parents to ensure that their children abide by the guidelines for protecting themselves against the spread of the virus.”

The committee also called on the ministries to ensure that the safety measures are implemented and monitored to ensure compliance.

Notably, the Ministry of Education (MOE), through two of its top officials has warned that there may be repercussions for parents who decide not to send their children back to school come August 10. Chief Executive Officer Deborah Domingo and Chief Education Officer Carol Babb, explained that parents will need to provide a justification for not sending children to school and will need to apply for a home schooling license if they so decide to keep their children at home.

Babb stressed that the MOE will visit the homes of those who decide to home school to ensure compliance with Ministry standards, while Domingo mentioned that she has seen parents being fined for unjustifiably keeping their children out of school.

 

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