The Division of Education, Innovation and Energy said it is in the process of escalating its plans and programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement yesterday, the division said the transformation of education in Tobago includes expanding e-learning opportunities and the provision of technological devices for use by teachers and students.

It said two special purpose committees—The Digital Future Committee and the School Re-opening Committee—have been established to present action plans for teaching and learning in this new normal.

It said the The Digital Future Committee will formulate and submit procedures for a blended learning approach which includes digital platforms to facilitate learning at ECCE, primary and secondary schools.

The division said the School Re-Opening Committee will explore all issues that will impact the re-opening of school and provide recommendations and guidelines for health and safety, including physical distancing for students and school personnel.

To date, thirty 30 primary and secondary teachers have been trained to develop content for the Moodle platform while 24 others are engaged in learning to utilise open, online education resources.

In addition, e-learning initiatives continue and have been expanded to include lessons that target special education and early childhood students as well as addressing psychosocial needs.

The statement said these lessons are currently aired on local and national television and are available on the division’s website, Facebook and YouTube.

The division said it will provide devices for teachers to facilitate e-learning and arrangements are being made to ensure that all students have access to learning devices.

It also said it is committed to ensuring that all students and teachers are provided with quality education and training in a new and transformed technological era.