The Education Ministry is looking to step up its Operation Recovery initiative which is aimed at locating children who have dropped out of school with the hope of having them return to the classroom.
The Ministry of Education intends to partner with a number of civil society groups to facilitate the expansion of the initiative.
On Tuesday evening, Education Minister Priya Manickchand met and held talks with representatives from a number of civil society groups.
It was explained that Operation Recovery was launched initially within the eleven Education Districts to find those primary school students who have been continuously absent from school since school re-started and those who have missed the recent National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) mock examination.
The programme will now focus on students at all levels who continue to be absent from the classroom.
Minister Manickchand explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Education sector with the loss of instructional time and learning loss due to schools being closed for over 18 months.
She said that recognising the need to mitigate the long term effects of school closure, the Ministry implemented a system of phased reopening
From the 25th April, all schools will be fully reopened and the Ministry of Education is hoping that its Operation Recovery will result in more students being present in the classroom across the country.
The Ministry recently announced that it also intends to launch a major literacy programme to tackle some of the learning loss problems that have been noticed.