MOE PREPARING FOR FACE-TO-FACE AND ONLINE LEARNING SEPTEMBER

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Education Minister Fayval Williams, says the Ministry is preparing to employ both face-to-face and online learning modalities when the new academic year begins in September.

Minister Williams was addressing a virtual round-table discussion organised by the Ministry and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica PSOJ on Wednesday.

She informed that as part of the preparations, inspection and repair of school plants are being undertaken. Internet service will be provided for schools without connectivity.

The connection of 196 public schools to the existing islandwide broadband network to enable access to high-speed Internet is expected to be completed in the new school term.

The works will be carried out under the first phase of the overall US$237-million National Broadband Initiative, which aims to have every household and every community connected to the Internet by 2025.

Minister Williams also noted that a rotation schedule is being considered for schools.

She encouraged teachers to get vaccinated as part of their back-to-school preparations, informing that, to date, at least 8,000 out of 25,000 teaching professionals have received the first dose of the vaccine, while another 4,000 have received the second dose.