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Posted: Monday, February 28, 2022. 12:32 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Nearly two months after schools were effectively re-opened in January, a vast majority of schools are engaged in “hybrid learning” – learning both face-to-face and online, according to Education Minister Francis Fonseca.

“We are now up to 589 [schools] that have been approved for going back to hybrid learning out of that 605 [total schools]; of that, I think we are up to about 520 that are engaged in some form of hybrid learning so we are well on the way,” Fonseca told reporters, estimating that some 90 percent of schools are now back in operation.

He added that despite the challenges, schools persevere through their own policies, support from parents, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and private sector partners to fulfill sanitization requirements.

The Ministry has set up a hub at its website for requests for sanitization equipment.

Nonetheless, there is a “very insignificant” number of parents who continue to hold children out of schools, due mainly to underlying health conditions.

But the Minister assured that most parents understand what is at stake: “Children are eager to get back into the classroom and most parents, we find, are eager to have their children back in school. They understand the critical importance of having their child back in school, and what the last eighteen months being outside of the classroom has meant for those children.”

 

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