Thursday 2 July, 2020

WATCH: Teachers 'fearful' over reopening of schools for CSEC - JTA

Owen Speid speaks to Loop News.

Owen Speid speaks to Loop News.

President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Owen Speid says association members are at a loss over the reopening of schools for students who will be sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.

This against the background of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which has infected hundreds of people across Jamaica, claiming the lives of nine persons in the island.

According to Speid, as the June 8 resumption of classes for CSEC students approaches, the JTA members are anxiously awaiting the government’s guidelines on safety measures against the coronavirus.

Speid said that with some members of the association having comorbidities, putting them at higher risk for severe illnesses from COVID-19, they are fearful that the resumption of the classes will expose them to the virus.

According to Speid, among the concerns of the members is the commute of students to and from school. He said these are crucial areas that the JTA’s members are awaiting guidelines from the government.

He said that with many schools having an inadequate supply of water prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the government would now need to make proper arrangement for schools to have the commodity amid the pandemic.

Speid stated that the JTA still maintains the position that September would be the best opportunity for the restart of all school activities, as it would allow time for the pandemic to ease.

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