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More Primary Schools in Jamaica are expected to reopen soon

by: - December 6, 2021
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Jamaica’s Education Minister; Fayval Williams

More primary schools in Jamaica are expected to reopen soon following Cabinet’s approval on Wednesday.

The decision will allow students from larger institutions to return to face-to-face classes. Jamaica’s Education Minister Fayval Williams says this is part of a phased reopening of schools.

She stated that a total of 383 primary schools have been approved for the next phase of face-to-face learning. Williams continued by saying, ‘Some with their enrollment above 630, while others are occupying 80 percent or more of their capacity, and will account for some 164,000 students.’

Earlier in November, a select number of primary and infant schools were allowed to reopen after more than 18 months in the virtual classroom.

In the first week of the reopening, the Ministry of Education in Jamaica saw a 66% attendance rate while in week two, 80% of students were back in the physical classroom.