Nearly 400 primary schools have now been approved for the resumption of next phase of face-to-face learning.

That announcement was made by Education Minister, Fayval Williams.

Mrs. Williams made the announcement in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

The education minister says these schools will use a blended approach and must allow all students to have at least two days of face-to-face each week.

Limited resumption of in-person learning began at the start of this month after more than a year and a half of children being absent from classrooms.

The education minister also noted that attendance in the first phase of the face-to-face programme improved dramatically by the second week.

She says so far Covid-19 infection rates among schools have been low with only five reported cases among students and two suspected cases among teachers.

Meanwhile, Minister Williams says 27 per cent of secondary school students have benefited from a limited return to face to face classes.

She highlighted several high schools which have attained the 65 per cent vaccination rate required for the resumption of full face-to-face learning.

The education minister also noted that 60 per cent of the targeted school age population have received at least a first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

The minister says just over 49,000 students have received two doses.

In the meantime Mrs. Williams announced that the rural transportation programme is being reactivated to assist students with face to face learning.

Fayval Williams, Minister of Education, Youth and Information.

She also says the student passenger rail service through the Railway Corporation of Jamaica will commence operations from Old Harbour and Linstead to Spanish Town once face-to-face learning is in full swing.