Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 21, 2020 (SKNIS)
The Ministry of Education has ensured that students and teachers are able to benefit from the Flow Study Platform being used at this time to facilitate e-learning by providing electronic devices and internet connectivity for students and teachers in need.
“The Ministry of Education is taking critical strategic action to close the gap with respect to access to education during this period to the provision of resources to students and to teachers, said Dr. Tricia Esdaille, Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education, during the April 20 National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 Daily Briefing.
Through surveys conducted prior to the closing of schools for the Easter break, the Ministry of Education was able to ascertain information on students and teachers who were in need of electronic devices and internet connection.
“The survey covered questions regarding children’s access to internet and electronic devices available for use in their homes,” she said. “The information was requested in an attempt to increase equity in access to continued education for all children through the provision of the necessary technology resources. Essentially, we wish to ensure that the number of children who could potentially be disadvantaged by e-learning due to the lack of resources is reduced.”
Additionally, teacher needs were evaluated through the survey, in particular the need for a device, internet connectivity in the home and the teachers’ familiarity with online learning and use of e-learning platforms “again with a mind to ensure that teachers would have the necessary resources and support to provide virtual education for our children,” said Dr. Esdaille.
The Senior Assistant Secretary said that the information was also used to develop a strategy for teacher training, which will begin officially on April 21, 2020. She added that the teacher training will focus on the use of Microsoft