SEA students return to school on Monday


    SEA students will resume classes on Monday, and the Education Ministry says all is in place to ensure their safety.

    Schools have been closed for the last few months, however in a bid to help them prepare, a decision was taken to allow them to resume classes one month before the Exam on August 20th.

    The Ministry says over the past few weeks it has been distributing cleaning supplies to all primary schools to ensure the classrooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

    It adds that liquid soap and hand sanitizer are available for use, while classrooms have been reorganized to facilitate the six feet physical distancing requirement.

    A set of guidelines for the reopening of schools was developed as well in consultation with the Health Ministry and these have been disseminated to school principals.

    These outline protocols for regular sanitization of classrooms as well as practices to be implemented on the school compound.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry says it remains in constant dialogue with the Chief Medical Officer and the Health Ministry and assures that as the COVID-19 situation evolves, the Guidelines will be amended to reflect the best measures to maintain the health and safety of staff and students.

    19,344 students are carded to sit this year’s SEA Exam.

    On an additional note, the Education Ministry also revealed that a separate document outlining the measures for the new Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector would be disseminated shortly.