It has now been 10 months since the majority of students have been out of the classroom because of the coronavirus pandemic.
While senior students preparing for regional examinations have returned to their classrooms, The Ministry of Education is yet to make a pronouncement on a possible timeframe for the reopening of schools for all grades.
The Education Minister, Priya Manickchand has repeatedly stated that she will be guided by Health Officials.
Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony believes parents need to ensure they develop a proper schedule for their children to ensure learning is not lost.
“We would have lost a year already and if this continues then there would be a substantial deficit in the child’s education. So as parents/guardians you need to get whatever the curriculum is (and the Ministry has published these things) and you need to ensure that child is learning at home and following the curriculum”.
The Health Minister believes once parents develop a work plan for their children, there will be no substantial loss for the child.
Many public school teachers have been offering online classes but they have faced challenges since many of their students might not have access to the internet.
The Minister of Health also issued a warning against students going out into the community without wearing face masks. He said they should be following the coronavirus guidelines and also protect themselves.
The number of coronavirus cases has been climbing steadily in Guyana.