Children from the Corinth/Cedar Hill community try out computers.

In order to ensure that valuable teaching and learning time is not lost during this period as the nation battles to stem the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Education is already putting things in place to reach the nation’s children via several mediums including television and online learning.

Guardian Media understands the ministry is already recording teaching sessions in subject areas such as Mathematics, Science and English Language to be broadcast on state-owned TTT daily.

While it is unclear when the segments will be broadcast, officials said it is was being done to ensure students are constructively occupied while at home during this period away from school.

The ministry’s initiative follows a similar move by Guardian Media Limited (GML) who has since partnered with elevate-ED Tutoring Services to offer daily sessions in Mathematics, English Language and Creative Writing.

On Tuesday, Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) President Antonia Tekah-De Freitas called on the corporate sector to support government’s initiatives to ensure students did not lose precious academic time because of the isolation enforcement.

Regarding the fact that some students do not have access to electronic devices to facilitate online learning, Tekah-De Freitas urged relevant businesses to step up now.

She said, “We want them to consider perhaps, the sharing of laptops with the Ministry of Education so that students who don’t have, can go to a library or another public space in small groups or even receive their own, so they can access online platforms.”

In addition, she requested providers to ensure Wifi hotspots are available to improve connectivity in some areas so students can access the links and online sessions being made available to them.

She reiterated, “Teachers are reaching out to students and parents, we have not dropped everything and just folded our arms and sat back.”

In a release yesterday, she said teachers across the country were still at work – interfacing with students on digital platforms, preparing and sharing revision material. In addition, she said teachers were also sharing learning resources.

Immediate past president of the National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA), Raffiena Ali-Boodoosingh referred to the technological challenges faced by some students and urged the authorities to consider a solution to ensure all students have access to the online learning.