Schools remain closed until further notice- National COVID-19 Task Force
According to a statement this morning by the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF), schools across the country will not reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020 as was previously planned. In fact, NCTF announced that schools will remain closed until further notice; E-Learning, it said, will continue.
Previously, the Education Ministry announced that schools would be closed for two weeks from March 16-30, 2020. However, the Ministry was forced to extend the closure of schools to April 3, which will lead into the Easter Term vacation which runs from April 06, 2020 – April 17, 2020.
While no decision on the way forward for the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) has been made, practice test papers in the four core areas can be accessed on the Ministry’s website: https://bit.ly/39Y698S (Please note that the link is case sensitive). Further to that, the Ministry of Education, has made available several learning materials and platforms for students to remain involved in learning.
According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), students can tune into the Guyana Learning Channel (Channel 42/Cable 29) to access the following: Nursery-level programmes from 06:00hours to 09:00hours, Primary-level programmes from 09:00hours to 12:00hours; Documentaries from 12:00hours to 13:00hours and Secondary-level programmes from 13:00hours to 15:00hours.
They are also encouraged to continue to listen to the radio broadcasts of the Interactive Radio Instruction for Grades 1 – 3 daily. The timings are Grade 1 from 09:30hours to 10:00hours; Grade 2 from 10:30hours to 11:00hours and Grade 3 from 13:00hours to 13:30hours. These are also aired on the following Radio Stations: Mahdia, Bartica, Essequibo, Mabaruma, Lethem and Annai.
The University of Guyana has also extended its closure. Students and staff of both Turkeyen and Tain campuses and the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) are currently involved in online classes.