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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2021. 7:44 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Today, Minister of Education Francis Fonseca said that the Ministry is still aiming to reopen schools at the end of August, provided that it is safe to do so.

Fonseca said that there are two tentative dates set for the re-opening of schools, but the Ministry is aware that the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, which has raised some concern.

“Everything has to be subject to change that remains our goal, that remains our objective to open schools for face to face instruction on August 23 and August 30 but obviously, as we have always maintained we will be guided by the public health officials, if they tell us that it is not safe for us to return for face-to-face instruction then we will not be able to do so. We still remain hopeful that we can,” Fonseca said.

He noted that the Ministry of Education has been working with schools that had not passed their inspections to ensure that all schools met the criteria for re-opening, and stresses that all schools are now ready to re-open if the situation permits.

Schools closed in March 2020 after a number of COVID-19 cases were reported in Belize. Some schools tried reopening in April 2021, but those efforts were largely hindered by teachers being on strike. One Belize City school closed down shortly after re-opening because several students and teachers became infected with COVID-19.

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