By Benjamin Flowers: In the midst of rising COVID-19 cases in Belize, Minister of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology Francis Fonseca says he and his ministry are satisfied that the systems currently in place for students to return to in-class learning are enough.
Fonseca noted that of the 605 schools in the country, 570 have applied for approval for some form of hybrid learning which includes face-to-face classes, with over 300 schools already reopening.
In an interview with Channel 5, Fonseca said, “We understand fully and appreciate the concerns of our parents, of our students, of families, but we are absolutely satisfied that we have in place a structure that will ensure, as best as possible, the safety of our students, our teachers, our administrators. Obviously, there’s no foolproof system wherever we go.”
He added that if everyone does their part schools will run as safely as possible and in that light, called on parents to ensure that children with any flu-like symptoms are kept home for the safety of everyone at the school and stressed that while there remain many health and safety concerns, research has shown that being out of the classroom for roughly two years has caused a severe impact on the development of students across the country.
He added that there have been reported cases among students and teachers of recently reopened schools but that contact tracing has shown none of those cases were contracted in schools.