Face-to-face classes are to resume in schools on Monday, May 10 for students sitting exit examinations.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement on Tuesday during a ministerial statement in the House of Representatives. He noted that a significant number of students have not benefitted from face-to-face instructions since schools were closed on March 13, 2020, some three days after Jamaica confirmed its first case of COVID-19.
The students who will be returning to the classroom next Monday are those sitting the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC), the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), City and Guilds and the National Vocational Qualification examinations.
The more than 355 public schools to be involved are to be inspected by the Ministry of Health and Wellness to ensure that they abide by the COVID-19 infection and prevention protocols, said Holness.
“We are expecting that there will be strict adherence to these rules within the schools,” he stated.