Wayne Walker reports

Education Minister, Fayval Williams, says schools will be considered reopened as of October 5, but face to face classes will be prohibited for the time being.

Speaking at the OPM this afternoon she says other modalities will be utilized due to the ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases.

The Minister noted less than sterling results from recent examinations as proof positive of the need to resume formal education.

Several stakeholders including teachers and principals have strongly objected to face to face classes being resumed.

To this end, she says face to face classes will be prohibited.

Instead, online and other digital avenues will be pursued.

This includes lessons delivered over other audio visual media to include 24-hour dedicated television channels for learning, starting on October 5.

Physical printed lessons are also being utilized as an option.

However, the Education Minister says the government sees the need for some schools to resume face to face learning.

She says an assessment will be done as to when this will be considered feasible.

Meanwhile, Minister Williams says support grants will be provided to the early childhood sector.

She also says private schools are to receive support.

Fayval Williams, Minister of Education.