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Ministry Announces Reopening Of School For  ECE To Year 7

“The ministry has been following student attendance for Years Eight to 13 since schools resumed a week ago. As the week progressed, a relatively high rate of student attendance was seen ranging from an overall average of 63 per cent to 75 per cent.
31 Jan 2022 11:07
Ministry Announces Reopening Of School For  ECE To Year 7
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and Local Government Premila Kumar . Photo- Leon Lord

As announced earlier by the Acting Prime Minister, the face to face classes for Early Childhood Education (ECE) to Year Seven will resume from Monday,  February 7, 2022.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar said the long-awaited announcement comes after students from Years Eight to 13 have settled well in schools.

“Parents of ECE to Year Seven students have been requesting for the opening of schools for these students. This decision was taken after a lot of consideration and taking into account evidence, and discussions, as well as clearance from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services,” said Minister Kumar.

“The ministry has been following student attendance for Years Eight to 13 since schools resumed a week ago. As the week progressed, a relatively high rate of student attendance was seen ranging from an overall average of 63 per cent to 75 per cent.

“There is also less COVID-related absenteeism among our teachers, and teacher attendance remains high, which is very reassuring.”

Minister Kumar said these figures gave the ministry reassurance that all the preparation undertaken by schools was working as anticipated, and teachers and students’ health could be well managed in school.

“In many countries, globally, where schools are operating during the pandemic, children are more likely to catch COVID-19 in the community than in schools. It is no different for Fiji,” she said

The recent announcement made by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services reveals that there is a reduction in COVID-19 cases in Fiji. The medical data currently shows that Fiji has been through the worst phase of the third wave of COVID-19.

There is a sustained decrease in the number of COVID-19 related admissions in our hospitals.

According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, UNICEF and WHO, children are at a lower risk of severe illness. This is even more applicable to our young children, who are at a lower risk.

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