Students will continue to do their studies at home for the time being.
The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Religious Affairs and Information recently confirmed that all schools in the State of Grenada will remain closed until further notice as they enter the 2020 Trinity Term.
Minister Hon. Emmalin Pierre made the pronouncement during a press conference last Sunday that as a result of COVID-19, the ministry is compelled to continue teaching and learning remotely from home.
According to the Education Minister, the resilience of the ministry’s system will be largely dependent on innovation, digital transformation and ICT integration. This situation according to her, presents an excellent opportunity to push ahead.
She said that e-learning will be a major vehicle through which the country can achieve development in education and Grenada cannot postpone or delay any further, activities that will make us more twenty-first century ready. She noted that the training and development of teachers to adapt to this new norm is therefore necessary.
The minister added that the development of new more relevant content is as critical as the physical infrastructure needed to make this a reality noting that they are very fortunate to have started the process before COVID-19.
“We leveraged the foundation that was laid to fast track elements of our digital learning agenda. Before COVID-19, we installed broadband internet service in most schools throughout the island, increased and replaced computers in schools and improved our e-testing capabilities,” she said
Minister Pierre further mentioned the commencement of training of educators while working on developing on an educational platform and having started phase one of procuring tablets and e-books for teachers and students.
She outlined programs that the ministry has implemented for teachers and students at the various schools as options to the regular face to face methods that are being used to facilitate teaching and learning. She spoke of the launch of SpiceMath, Mstar learning support platform and the issuing of over twenty thousand credentials to teachers and students both in public and private schools thus far.
Teaching and learning remotely commenced on March 18, 2020, when students were asked to remain home from March 16, as a precautionary measure, to avert the spread of COVID-19. This virus has currently reached pandemic levels throughout the world, resulting in significant loss of life.
The Government of Grenada, through the work of the Ministry of Health and the cooperation of its citizens in observing physical distancing, stay-at-home orders and other protective measures, has so far been successful in stemming the spread of the disease. Therefore, as part of the measures taken to maintain that level of success, the government has decided that remote teaching and learning will continue for the present.
The minister thanked educational officials, principals, teachers, students and parents for their sacrifice and cooperation to allow for the continuation of education services throughout the tri-island state.