By Aaron Humes: Some 100 teachers and students nationwide have been infected with COVID-19 who were engaged in hybrid school learning, according to the Minister of Education, Culture, Science & Technology (MoCEST) Francis Fonseca, who was addressing the Cabinet.
Between January 10 and 17, the Ministry’s COVID-19 Reporting System confirmed 313 cases of COVID-19 among all teachers and 456 among all students nationwide for a total of 769.
However, among teachers, just 33 or 1.4 percent infected with COVID-19 are actively engaging in hybrid learning – that is, rotating between in-person teaching and teaching via remote or distance learning. Among students, the 67 cases represent just 0.27 percent.
Alongside personnel from the Ministry of Health & Wellness, MoECST are monitoring schools closely for any potential outbreaks of the coronavirus.
The Minister further informed Cabinet that as of January 17, 2022, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) has approved the transition to hybrid learning for a total of 568 schools which represent 94 percent of all schools nationwide.
Of the 568 approved schools, 402 schools are already open for hybrid learning. This figure represents 71 percent of the approved schools or 66 percent of all schools.
Two-hundred-and-three schools are open for remote learning and these schools account for the remaining 34 percent of all schools.
We have sought comment concerning the possibility of parents pulling children from schools if COVID numbers continue to rise as well as the number of parents applying to engage in home schooling and are awaiting a formal response.