By Benjamin Flowers: Out of a total of 636 schools at different levels of education, 46 of them have reopened for hybridized learning, which features children going into classrooms for face-to-face instruction, according to Prime Minister John Briceno.
Today, Briceno shared information from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, which explained that 590 schools continue to operate by distanced learning only.
“46 schools of our schools at varying education levels have reopened their classrooms to our children. We applaud their efforts and pledge our support for the other schools who continue in virtual and distance learning,” Briceno said.
Schools reopened for the 2021-2022 Academicon October 4, 2021. The Ministry had published a list of criteria for schools to reopen for in-class learning titled “Getting Back to School Safely: The MoECST’s Plan for a Safe Return,” which also contains a reporting mechanism for schools in the event that a positive case of COVID-19 is detected among students or staff.
Due to the emergence of COVID-19 in Belize, schools were closed in March 2020. There was an attempt at reopening at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year; however, those efforts saw a number of problems including teachers being on strike and outbreaks of the virus in some schools.