Cabinet agrees to the return of 4th and 5th Form students to their classrooms



The Director of Education and the Deputy proposed, on the basis of their analysis of the current vaccination status of teachers and students, that 4th and 5th Form students ought to be allowed to return to face-to-face learning.


Following an intense debate on the impact which might result, the Cabinet agreed to the return of 4th and 5th Form students to their classrooms.


The requisite number of teachers with the necessary skills would be assigned by the management team at the Ministry of Education.


Based on the vulnerability of primary school students, and based on other data regarding the vaccination of their teachers, Primary School shall remain a distance-learning experience.


Access to the Internet has been a challenge for some families, even when the devices are available to the students. The Cabinet has vowed to fix this inadequacy.


The President and General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (ABUT) were invited to Cabinet.

It was affirmed that 85% of teachers have been vaccinated in the public schools, and that 100% vaccination has been achieved in many private schools.


At the College level, 83% of teachers have been vaccinated. Special attention is to be paid to physically challenged students who require face-to-face instructions.

The Adele School is expected to continue receiving its full student body, and 100% of its teachers are reportedly vaccinated.


The Cabinet was presented with a list of required teaching staff, numbering 109, to meet the shortfall experienced by the absence of those teachers who have not taken the vaccines; the Cabinet authorized the three-month hiring of those 109 substitute teachers.

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  1. So I guess the school plant will be hosting the primary students of the teachers who are to return to face to face and the 4th and 5th formers. The children 12 and under are still being exposed as they are seen in the offices of their parents being exposed to the general public as they have no other means to take care or help them on the online platform when they’re required to be at work. Who really doing these discussions? Who is really making these decisions? Smh

  2. Every week is something new. Mandatory vaccination for children 12 – 18 before they can return to face to face school. Now that majority of children have been vaccinated now only 4th abd 5fh forms are returning to face to face. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON. MY GRANDSON JUST STARTED SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER AND THE BOY CAN’T GO FACE TO FACE. INTERNET IS NOT RELIABLE.

  3. I read that next week cabinet will consider the reopening of bars. This must be a real mistake because many bars have never been closed in the first instance.

    There are bars that are frequented by police officers every day and night. Bars that open publicly each day and conduct business as normal.

    There is bar in Browns Avenue that open every day with police officers being the main patrons.

    Why do the laws not apply to all citizens?

    The people of Browns Avenue have been complaining about the nuisance and late-night discomfort that this bar has brought to the community. Yet, the officials do nothing because the owners of the bar are well-connected to police officers.


  4. Bundle of confusion. They need to get their act together. COVID will be around for a while so map things out properly and look to see what other islands are doing. Our future rest in the education of our children and they deserve better than this.

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