Vital to open schools as soon as possible, says Kumar

The head of school of Lelean Memorial School Mohammed Feroz escorts Minister for Education Premila Kumar during her school visits last year. Picture: RAMA

It is important that schools reopen as soon as possible considering the COVID-19 pandemic has already had a major impact on the education sector, says Minister for Education Premila Kumar.

She said children had already suffered a great loss of learning time.

“Some of these schools are still being used as evacuation centres. Until these evacuation centres have been cleared, schools will remain closed.

“However, we do not want to delay reopening of schools, if possible,” she said in a statement.

“Children have already suffered a great loss of in-person learning time with over 200,000 children in Fiji losing more than 1000 hours of in-person learning each.

“Children’s education should not be impacted any further, which is why once the all clear has been given, school for Years 8 to 13 will resume, with the necessary COVID-safety protocols for classrooms to be followed once students are in school.”

She said there were some schools that were still being used as evacuation centres and schools and dates for the reopening of schools would be announced once all evacuation centres were cleared.

While schools are closed, teachers and heads of schools must report to school to prepare classrooms for students and teachers should try to reach out to their students and provide learning resources remotely.

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