Hon. Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education, is greeted by Principal of Queen's Royal College, David Simon. (Image: Ministry of Education)

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia, says he is pleased and impressed with the preparations that schools are making, as they implement the new COVID-19 measures outlined in recent memoranda issued by the Ministry.

The Education Minister and Ministry officials visited Queen’s Royal College today, to see first-hand some of the health and safety protocols which have been implemented by principals, in preparation for stakeholders accessing schools. The visit today allowed for various Ministry departments to evaluate the effectiveness of the protocols being implemented.

Teachers and students are expected to return to schools from June 8th, 2020, to facilitate the completion of SBAs, as part of the CSEC and CAPE examinations.

During the walkthrough of the compound, today, the school’s principal, David Simon, took the team through the hand washing protocols on entry to the compound; and the seating set up in classrooms to facilitate social distancing. He also outlined enhanced sanitation measures throughout the school, and identified spaces where additional sinks will be placed to ensure that students always have access to hand washing facilities.

Minister Garcia stated he was happy with what he saw.

” I am very pleased to note that in our schools, principals have implemented the necessary recommendations made by CARPHA, the WHO and the Ministry of Health,” the Minister said. “QRC is the first stop as we assess schools’ readiness across the country. I am very impressed by what I have seen today, as it tells me that our principals have the best interest of all school personnel at heart.”

He added: “As you know, a top priority of the Ministry of Education has always been the health, safety and security of students. We at the Ministry intend to ensure that no student is disadvantaged in the pursuit of education for any reason. We will continue to guide principals and teachers as much as possible with the support of the relevant Units and Divisions across the Ministry.”

The team also visited Newtown Girl’s RC Primary School and discussed with the principal some of the protocols to be implemented at the primary school level.

The Ministry of Education reminds teachers and principals that social distancing is still being observed. The Ministry says teachers should not have more than five persons in a classroom at a time and should be interacting with students on a rotational basis.