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Minister of Education Anthony Garcia

The Ministry of Education is urging school principals and administrators to stagger the arrival and departure times for parents coming to schools to collect teaching and learning materials for their children who are at home during this time.

Reinforcing the call by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for social gatherings to be no more than ten persons, the ministry repeated the call by health officials for persons to engage in social distancing.

Officials commended the efforts of principals across the country to provide resources to parents and students at their schools.

In a release, officials claimed, “Reports have been received that at some schools, large numbers of parents and students have been gathering to collect learning material.”

“For the health and safety of all education stakeholders, principals are urged to possibly stagger the arrival of persons and limit the numbers entering the compound at any time.”

Education Minister Anthony Garcia extended sincere thanks to all stakeholders for keeping the business of education at the forefront during this period.

He said, “I wish to extend heartfelt thanks to the principals, teachers, parents, guardians and corporate Trinidad and Tobago who have stepped up to ensure that teaching and learning continues. It is at times like these that we are truly able to see what we are made of as a country and I am happy with the tremendous progress being made. The Ministry will continue to use ICT resources to further support this endeavour.”

Parents and guardians are reminded to encourage their children to continue practising safe hygiene habits.