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Trinidad & Tobago: 65,000 pupils have no digital access: Govt appeals for devices

The Ministry of Education is pleading with Corporate Trinidad for assistance as the new school term signals a pivot to digital learning.

As COVID-19 has indefinitely halted face to face learning, it was announced via a press conference on Friday that the first semester of the upcoming academic year will begin on September 1 and end on December 11. However, all in house classes will be moved to online platforms, with the exception of students who do not have devices or internet connections.

According to Minister of Education Dr, Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, these students will instead be required to complete printed packets prepared by teachers on a weekly basis. She stated that while schools will not operate in person in the next semester, buildings will remain open to provide resources to teachers. Whether or not teachers are to report to respective schools on September 1, she said, would be left up to principals.

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