Belize: Face-to-Face instruction to students is as necessary as education to a child. It escalates the quality of learning and improves the skills of an individual. The Belize Education system has begun to prepare the students of the nation for schools.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they took a chance to revive their education system again. 55 schools reopen in Belize.
After the permission of the Cabinet for the Ministry of Education of Belize to proceed with the phased-in return to face-to-face- instruction, schools across the nation have begun preparing to have students back on campus. Since the announcement was made on March 24th, 211 schools have applied to be part of the phased-in return.
61 schools have applied to return on April 12th, and 161 schools have used to produce on May 10th. Fifty-five of those schools have been going by their district education centres (DEC), who have verified the schools’ readiness for permission to be provided to them.
These verification visits from the DECs are ongoing to guarantee that all schools are ready for teachers and students’ safe return. The remaining six schools in this first group will be returning in the month of May for various reasons.
Schools will have varied approaches. Schedules will different, and so will the groups of students who will be coming back for shorter periods. All managements and authorities have been asked to be mindful of economic constraints and not place unnecessary demands on students and their families.
The Ministry of Education is working with the approved schools to put in place the requisite school bus runs and school feeding programs so that, step by step, the needs of all students can be addressed as best as possible.
Returning to face-to-face instruction, whether in April or May, is optional for schools. Schools are being allowed to put into action their Learning Continuity Plans and begin assessing students to bridge academic gaps. Teachers are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
These efforts are in preparation for returning to the classroom for all schools for the coming academic year 2021-2022.