Stakeholders Engaged on School Re-opening Preparations

Fulfilling a promise for continuous stakeholder engagement Minister of Education, the Honourable Anthony Garcia chaired a meeting of critical stakeholders in education on Tuesday 21st July 2020. The virtual meeting, which engaged stakeholders such as the National Advisory Committee on Education, Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA), National Primary Schools Principals Association (NAPSPA), the National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA), Association of Denominational Boards and other interest groups, covered topics relating to the effective opening of all schools on September 1st 2020.

As participants discussed concerns and gave suggestions on the new normal come September, the Ministry and the stakeholders were able to effectively ventilate the realities of the day to day operations of a school in the new academic year. Areas covered included teacher training, physical distancing, rotation of students, home based learning, Ministry of Health Guidelines and other areas of concern.

It was agreed that the National Advisory Committee will compile all suggestions made and a subsequent meeting will be convened on August 4th, where a final document will be presented for review on all educational matters related to COVID-19.

Arising from the meeting, was resounding praise for the teachers, principals, parents and various groups/individuals who contributed to all schools being able to resume operations on Monday 20th July 2020. As students have returned to the classroom to prepare for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) on August 20th the Ministry will continue to engage stakeholders to facilitate the successful reopening of all schools for the new term.

The Ministry of Education will continue to adapt and adjust the education sector to fit the new realities presented by COVID-19 while maintaining the commitment to providing an education that is of the highest quality, equitable and accessible to all.

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