Belize government announces closure of schools from 18 June

The government of Belize has announced that the schools would remain close in effect from 18 June 2021 due to the low vaccination rate of teachers.

Belize: The government of Belize has announced that the schools would remain close in effect from 18 June 2021 due to the low vaccination rate of teachers.

The Ministry of Education, in a notice to the management of schools, asserted that “Face-to-face learning for all pre-schools, primary, secondary and Technical Vocational Institutions – ITVET would come to an end by next Friday.”

The Ministry further added that many schools have successfully reopened for offline classes with strict COVID-19 protocols in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Around 352 schools were approved for face-to-face instruction, it is not possible at this time because of the large number of teachers, the waiting time for the test results, if PCR tests are needed, and the uncertainty of which teachers have already been revealed, when only three weeks are remaining for the academic year, ” as per the notice issued by the Education Ministry.

Despite this, the Ministry further informed that the health ministry would continue to conduct random testing and vaccinations at each school and has called on the school authorities to develop special assistance programmes and be fair with students who do not meet the requirements to progress to the next grade level.

As Belize health authorities confirmed several positive cases of the virus in schools earlier, the Health Minister – Michel Chebat requested the teachers to get themselves vaccinated before the start of the new school term.

The minister stated that as the teachers are the first line of protection for the children. Hence, it is significant that the teachers must get themselves vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.

He further urged the citizens to follow the COVID-19 public measures that are – wearing the mask, sanitizing frequently and maintaining a distance to defeat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 mutant.