125 more schools to start face-to-face classes in Jamaica

An additional 125 schools will resume face-to-face classes in Jamaica, Education Minister Fayval Williams said yesterday, December 8.

Minister of Education, Fayval Williams.

Williams, speaking in Parliament, said the decision was taken after a pilot programme, which saw 17 schools reopen last month, went favourably.

The schools include 66 secondary and 59 primary institutions which are considered low-risk and compliant with coronavirus regulations, Williams said.

Twenty-two of the approved schools have already started face-to-face classes on December 7, following approval from the ministry.

Nine more schools will follow suit once final inspections are completed, with the others to restart on January 4.

“As we move forward and as the ministry continues its physical inspection of schools the number of schools that can resume face-to-face will increase,” Williams told the House of Representatives.

“We are not in normal times and schools will continue to use all the approaches to ensure that our students continue to learn during this pandemic.”