The Ministry of Education has announced that from the 9th November, schools will reopen for high school students in Forms 4, 5 and 6 and those attending technical and vocational schools.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand said the decision was made by Cabinet and care packages which will include sanitizers and face masks will be made available for students and teachers.
The move by the Government comes as Guyana is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases and deaths. October is now the deadliest month for the pandemic with 42 deaths being recorded in the past 30 days.
The Education Minister said it is important for there to be face to face interaction between students and teachers, adding that the Education Ministry will ensure all safety guidelines are followed.
She said the President and Cabinet are deeply concerned about the impact the pandemic is having on the education needs of the nation’s children.
Schools in Guyana have been closed since March when the country recorded its first coronavirus case.
While the Ministry has been pushing online classes and tv classes, senior Education officials felt it was important for students preparing for regional examinations to return to the classroom so that those preparations could be fast-tracked.
In the coming week, the Ministry of Education will continue its inspection of schools that are preparing for the return of students and teachers.