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St. Mary’s Primary School holding in-person classes with support from the Ministry of Education

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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2022. 11:08 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: After holding several meetings with parents, St. Mary’s Anglican Primary School has devised a workaround to hold in-person classes for students, after the school building was condemned earlier this year.

General Manager of Anglican Schools, Dr. Jeremy Cayetano, told Breaking Belize News this morning that parents were given a number of options which included hybridized learning using online means and learning packages which was used during the pandemic, and transferring their children to other Anglican schools. Ultimately they chose to hold classes at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Learning on Mahogany Street.

St. Mary’s Church is also being utilized for the infant 1 classes. These students will be relocated to a temporary wooden building being set up in the school’s backyard.

“They started on Tuesday. Nobody is doing online classes,” Dr. Cayetano said. “The Ministry of Education is bussing the students to the Samuel Haynes Institute, and there were no issues on Tuesday.”

Minister of Education Francis Fonseca, noted earlier this month that rebuilding the school after it has been demolished will cost millions of dollars; however, the Ministry remains committed to working with the Anglican management to source the funding. The Ministry has already approached the Social Investment Fund (SIF) to see what can be worked out.

St. Mary’s School is a historic landmark in Belize City and has stood for decades before independence. The Anglican management has vowed to ensure that the school is rebuilt with the same design as the current building, which was deemed a safety hazard by two separate evaluation teams.

 

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