The Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, is urging the government to reconsider the reopening of schools and the resumption of in- person classes on October 5.

JTA President, Jasford Gabriel says the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases is a clear indication that it’s unsafe to resume face to face learning.

Mr. Gabriel says online learning is still the best option at this time.

More in this report from Brithney Clarke.

Education Minister Fayval Williams announced the creation of the Education Covid-19 Management Task Force or E-COVID last Wednesday.

The task force is expected to arrive at a consensus on the reopening of schools, which is slated for October 5 amid the Covid- 19 pandemic.

However, Mr. Gabriel says schools were unable to reopen on September 7 because of a surge in COVID-19 cases and since then the cases have worsened.

Mr. Gabriel says he’s disappointed that the JTA was not given the opportunity to make more suggestions during the first E-Covid Task Force meeting last week.

He adds that there needs to be more consultation.

Meanwhile, the JTA President says it is difficult to predict when schools should reopen.

He highlights that online learning should be embraced until the country can effectively manage the resumption of face to face learning.

Brithney Clarke for Nationwide News.