During a virtual press conference on Friday, Education Minister Priya Manickchand said that since school’s have been closed since March, there is the fear that students while home will adapt to the notion of learning loss.
Studies have shown that in countries where there is high rate of learning loss, the prevalence of regression and high drop out rates. According to Minister Manickchand, Guyana is no exception to this.
Government had rolled out several temporary mechanisms through, radio, television and the internet. The minister said that an assessment following COVID-19 must be done to fully understand the effects of the pandemic on the education sector.
Minister Manickchand said, “We are looking to minimize as far as we can, learning loss, to keep students engaged.”
While children are home during this period the minister said, “Grandmothers and grandmothers will have to step up. Aunties and uncles, daddies who may be home during the day instead… We’re going to have to innovate. It’s a pandemic and it’s not a normal time we all have to give the best we have.”