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Revamp one-size-fits-all restriction

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2020 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

The one-size-fits-all restriction imposed by our Government in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic just doesn’t cut it anymore.

It is time that the Government, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, especially, review the opening of schools, especially in rural areas.

We have rural communities where we don’t have a high traffic of travellers passing through, and so are low risk to this pandemic.

In my community, for example, only children from the community go to the local primary school. Teachers live in the community or adjacent communities that have no case of the virus.

Most students are not computer/tablet literate, have no phones and Internet; hence they are at a disadvantage to access virtual learning. These children need to have face-to-face, in-school learning.

We have children going around with nothing to do. A year of learning is lost. These children MUST be back in school come January 2021.

AUTHNEL S. REID