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Number Of Students Now Working Online Up To 45,000

Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd.

Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd.

By LEANDRA ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

ABOUT 45,000 students have now registered for the Ministry for Education’s virtual learning programme, according to Education Minister Jeff Lloyd. Last month, it was revealed around 40,000 students had enrolled.

Noting officials are pleased that more students are registering with the learning programme, Mr Lloyd said his ministry was also excited to finally launch the live educational broadcasts on cable for primary school students.

“We’re very, very excited about that so that means all of our students are able to access live instructions every single day and now we have about 45,000 students registered on the virtual school — big time, wonderful day.”

The virtual learning programme was established to allow students to continue their studies at home after the government announced the closure of schools due to COVID-19 pandemic.

However, recognising that many students in the country do not have access to the internet, the Ministry of Education launched live educational broadcasts on cable tv, allowing students to continue their studies at home. To further assist vulnerable students in the community, the government also gave out meal vouchers.

Speaking in the House of Assembly in March, Mr Lloyd revealed that there were some 4,200 students who depended on schools for their meals.

“As a consequence of school closure, those students are at significant risk,” he said. “Therefore…the Ministry of Education will provide meal vouchers for students and invite parents to call and come to the school to collect such vouchers for their children.”

Last week, the South Beach MP said tablets will be issued to students on the ministry’s meal programme so they can have access to the virtual learning platform.

Those tablets, he told reporters on Tuesday, are expected to be distributed next week.

“Tablets are going to be in town and they’re going to be distributed the middle to the end of next week,” he noted. “We already have in house a half of the tablets, but we want to make sure that we have them all and that ALIV loads them as they ought to with the hotspot you all know with that means as well as the app for the access to the virtual school.”

It is still not clear when national examinations such as BJC and BGCSE will be held in the country.

However, during his national address on Sunday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis assured that those exams will occur “whenever the opportunities arises to conduct them safely.”

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Lloyd no doubt arranged for every student registered in the public education system to also be registered by his ministry of education staff in the virtual learning programme using the same registration details that were already on file for them. This got him to the big number of 45,000 that he's now touting, but how many of those students are actually using the virtual learning programme? The user logs maintained by the virtual system presumably show how many students are actually using it on a regular basis as intended.

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licks2 4 months, 3 weeks ago

He is being lead by persons who are lying to his face. For example, his march numbers show 1,200 or so accessing the site--others had difficulties with internet accounts--this has not change!! My calculations, based on his number show 0.012 of the total student population as persons on the site!! His challenge at that time, based on his information, was persons who could not access the site because of lack of internet accounts!! Even with the newly configured public broadcast channel-- 295, persons with no internet access remained!! They did not solved the internet access problem, yet they solved the persons coming to the site??

Doc minnis now need to go and check out that MOE--something is not right over there--either the minister is being "swing" by his officers or he is trying to swing the public!

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bogart 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Very good points. Seems an almost similar recent goings on in another Ministry.

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ohdrap4 4 months, 3 weeks ago

And, even if they did access, the kids might not even be watching. Like we kids who went to the library to read comic books.

The MOE division dealing with tech has always been a mess. Tech is just too expensive to keep up with, especially the cost of learning management systems in addition to hardware.

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