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Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw (GP)

There will be no face-to-face classes at the primary level when the Saint-Michel semester begins on September 20.

This applies to students of private and public institutions.

Education Minister Santia Bradshaw made the announcement on Tuesday, four days after the government began administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 12 to 18.

Bradshaw said the ministry was aware of concerns raised on previous occasions when the online format was used, especially the challenges it posed to teachers, parents and students.

As a result, information technology coordinators from each school will be available to work with parents to have the devices checked. She also urged those who graduated from high school to return the devices so that others can benefit from them.

Bradshaw has told parents and guardians who do not have devices not to wait until the start of the term.

Barbados is grappling with a wave of COVID-19 as the delta variant now spreads in communities.

Blackman and Gollop Primary School has been erected as an isolation center and the minister said more schools may need to be used by the Department of Health and Welfare.

The minister said about 2,100 out of 21,000 children have received the vaccines and about 100 students are in isolation.

Bradshaw said the results of the joint entry would be announced soon and that she would be joined by newly appointed director of education, Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw, and director of education reform, Dr Idamay Denny, to discuss changes to the program, training and plans for the new term. (SAT)

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