Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, says the resumption of face to face classes for CXC students today, went smoothly.

The students are to do revision classes as they prepare to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, CSEC and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam, CAPE, starting July 13.

The revision classes are to run until July three.

Minister Samuda says based on reports he’s received, everything went well.

Karl Samuda, Education Minister, speaking briefly with Nationwide News this afternoon.

In the meantime…President of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association, JTA, Owen Speid, is still taking issue with the restricted reopening of schools this morning.

Owen Speid, President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA.

Students Reacts

Many senior students are expressing joy to be back at school today after more than three months away from their classes.

But, they also had mixed reactions to the announced July 13 start date for CSEC and CAPE exams.

That’s Shane Ferguson of Kingsway High and before him Kevandra Reese of Holy Childhood High School.

Shamar McGregor, of Mona High School, says while he doesn’t have any concerns going to school, not all students might show up out of fear of being infected with the coronavirus.

Shamar McGregor, student of Mona High School.

And another student, Jamari, says they should’ve been back in the school system before now to prepare for their exams.

Jamari, a 5th form student.

At least one Secondary school student from Western Jamaica has expressed a level of fear in returning to school today.

Youth Mayor for Lucea and grade 11 student at Hopewell High School, Natelege Mundle, argues that while sitting the exams are important, she’s fearful of leaving home.

The youth leader says it will take some time to adjust to a return to face-to-face lessons.

Natelege Mundle, Youth Mayor for Lucea and grade 11 student at the Hopewell High School, speaking today with Nationwide News.