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Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly held a media briefing August 28 to outline how the new term and academic year 2020-2021 would be managed. She announced the term will run September 1 to December 11 and schools will be open, but students are not required to be physically present until further advised.

Teachers are expected to deliver the curriculum remotely. Gadsby-Dolly said, “For those who are available on the online environment it is expected teachers will use the ministry’s curriculum guidelines for online learning which will be provided for them, which will contain useful resources.”  The ministry’s School Learning Management System online platform is available for teachers. Gadsby-Dolly said for students without devices or connectivity, estimated to be about 65,000, teachers are expected to provide printed packages for parents to collect and drop off at schools.

Feedback from teachers will be provided “in this way”. Training will be provided for teachers in printed material for remote teaching. Gadsby-Dolly said, “Work from home arrangements for teachers are to be encouraged and principals are to approve this once delivery of the curriculum is not compromised”.

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