Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2020. 11:42 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Students of Barbados’ primary and secondary schools called on their Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw, to re-open classes for face-to-face learning, Barbados Today reports. According to the report, the students fear they may be lagging behind.
The Minister met with students to discuss the way forward for classes during the COVID-19 pandemic and told the local media afterwards that students shared their experiences and challenges during the pandemic.
Bradshaw noted that the students requested to go back to classes and she said that students are engaged in online learning but miss the interaction with other students and their teachers. Some students shared concerns on the accessibility to online learning environments.
She explained that the Ministry will consider recommendations to extend the school day or provide additional lessons especially for those preparing for the Common Entrance examinations and the CXC.
Students leaders represented their schools at the meeting after discussing concerns with the students at their schools.
“I think the students went away feeling a sense of inclusion. Normally, our consultations are with the unions, the principals, the teachers directly, they are sometimes with the parents. But often we forget that the children are the ones who are the beneficiaries of education,” Bradshaw commented.
In Belize, students are engaged in online distance learning. Teachers, students and parents are using Google Classroom, Whatsapp and other social media apps to send and receive work from students.
Students who are unable to access internet or other devices to receive the work are picking up packages from their respective schools.
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