Distance education to continue as primary schools remain closed

The Cabinet announced the immediate closure of all primary schools on the island.

The Cabinet said the decision was taken on the advice of the director of education and the chief medical officer, who feared children under the age of 12 could come into contact with people infected with Covid-19, causing a spread in the classroom.

This means that the regulations that allowed vaccinated teachers and staff to operate have been suspended indefinitely.

Since children under 12 cannot receive any of the available vaccines, the opening date of primary schools has been further delayed.

The Cabinet said it would reconsider its decision in two weeks.

Meanwhile, distance learning should continue for students in public and private primary schools.

However, all high school students eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, or aged 12 to 18, and all high school teachers and support staff who have received at least one dose of any two-dose vaccine should return to face-to-face. face. in front of classes from Monday, October 4, 2021.

The reopening of secondary schools will be gradual.

In the meantime, a number of temporary teachers are being trained if they need to fill the positions of educators who choose not to be vaccinated.

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