Basseterre,St.Kitts March 25 2020 (SKNIS)
Fellow citizens and residents, good day. Today, Tuesday, 24th March, 2020, I come once again to address you in my capacity of Minister of Education.We have found ourselves, as a nation and as a world, facing the effects of a global pandemic of unprecedented magnitude. The corona virus, COVID- 19 continues to unleash a dynamic and alarming reality in its trail.At the Ministry of Education, we continue to prepare for our nation’s students continued education as we observe more and more Caribbean countries closing schools with the report of a confirmed case of COVID -19.
We have been reviewing our nation’s reality as Term 2 progresses towards its end on 3rd April, 2020. We continue to allow the medical professionals and the COVID-19 Task Force to guide our decisions regarding the continuation or closure of our learning institutions. In this the penultimate week of the term, we have been assessing the recommendation for essential gatherings only and for practicing the social distance protocol.
I hereby reaffirm the Government’s, particularly the Ministry of Education’s commitment to ensuring the health and overall wellbeing of all within our learning institutions from early childhood to post-secondary education. The Chief Medical Officer and the COVID – 19 Task Force have therefore determined that it is now necessary to further heighten our national response to COVID-19. To this end, we have been advised that while education is an essential gathering, it is critically prudent for us, at this time, to close educational institutions earlier than previously scheduled. Thus, students will proceed on their Easter break from Monday, 30th March, 2020 provided that there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 before then. From 30th March, students would have three instead of two (2) weeks of Easter break. During the week of Monday, 30th March to

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