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School Heads Advised To Suspend Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parents yesterday were seen in schools around the country collecting their children’s school report for Term Two’s end. Today is the final day for Term Two.
18 Sep 2020 08:33
School Heads Advised To Suspend Parent-Teacher Interviews
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar.

As the second school term comes to an end, the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts has urged school heads to consider the seriousness of COVID-19 and suspend holding their parents and teachers interview for this term.

Yesterday, the ministry’s Head of National Education Service Delivery Unit, Timoci Bure, confirmed that an email had been sent to school heads indicating the need to be COVID-19 conscious and follow precautionary measures.

Parents yesterday were seen in schools around the country collecting their children’s school report for Term Two’s end. Today is the final day for Term Two.

“There will be no parents and teacher interviews like what was always done before where parents would have a one to one talanoa session about their child’s progress and behaviour in school,” Mr Bure said.

“This is in line with Government’s COVID-19 restrictions that are in place. They are just trying to be health conscious.”

Concerned parent Pita Cakacakabalavu said: “This is a very important time where we converge to discuss the progress and behaviour of our children in schools.

“I believe that this is a time where more teacher and parent time is needed, especially when children have been forced to stay home for quite a period of time during the COVID lockdown and how their behaviour or education has progressed.

“The ministry could have found a way that we could still have a parent and teacher interview, but still adhering to protocols set by Government for COVID-19.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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