Jamaica Teacher’s Association, JTA, President Jasford Gabriel, says based on a sampling of teachers, only 36% of students have been accessing classes online.

Schools are now in the second official week of virtual classes across the island due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The JTA president says the greatest challenge is a lack of or poor Internet connection.

Mr. Gabriel says, another major issue is that of parents being unable to adequately supervise the teaching learning experience online.

Education Minister, Fayval Williams is confirming that poor internet connectivity has negatively impacted the virtual classroom.

Minister Williams says, the Ministry of Education continues to consult with stakeholders on the best approach for all students.

Minister Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams, speaking with Nationwide News.