Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2021. 11:59 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Today, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology, explained that schools will reopen at the end of this month, as planned, and explained the format that instruction will be delivered through.
Deputy Chief Education Officer Cecilia Smith explained that government and grant-aided high schools will reopen on August 23, while preschool and primary schools will reopen on August 30. Ramirez said that The school year will run for 38 weeks, with classes ending in 2022 on June 17 and June 24 respectively. this amounts to 38five-day weeks of instruction in accordance with the Education Regulations which specify the minimum number of instructional days.
She also noted, since health authorities have said that it is still unsafe to reopen for face-to-face instruction, classes will resume for distance learning, which will see teachers delivering instruction through a combination of digital and printed means.
“The first four days of the week will be organized, teacher-directed learning tasks, this may include synchronous online lessons or a-synchronous, print-based instruction. In both instances, the teacher will remain accessible to support student learning,” Smith said.
she added that the final day of instruction will feature an independent student learning day, where teachers will provide the necessary guidance and instructions that will either reinforce concepts taught during the week or prepare students for instruction for the following week.
“In all instances there must be follow-up and dialogue to make sure students remain engaged,” Smith added.
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