Education Minister Priya Manickchand announced today that the Education Ministry is working to reopen schools to all classes in September.
In a statement, Minister Manickchand a decision has been taken to keep schools closed for the remainder of the school year, except for those classes that are allowed face to face learning.
In hinting that the full reopening will be dependent on the vaccination process and the COVID-19 situation in the country, Manickchand encouraged parents and teachers to get vaccinated.
“If persons are responsible in getting vaccinated and utilizing the only scientific and medically proven way of bending the curve of COVID-19, we will be able to resume a state of relative normalcy. We expect therefore to open schools in September 2021 to every grade level and we will work very hard to make sure that happens. I will keep you updated”, the Education Minister said.
Schools in Guyana have been closed since March 2020 after the first case and death of COVID-19 in the country were recorded.
The Ministry of Education is moving ahead with the sitting of this year’s National Grade Six Assessment Examinations in August, but the Caribbean Examinations Council, which overlooks regional exams, is currently considering a possible change in the dates for the CSEC and CAPE exams for this year.
Manickchand said changes to the CSEC and CAPE timelines could impact changes to the NGSA exams, but her Ministry is still working to administer the sixth-grade exams in August.