Member of Parliament Ms Anita Haynes is calling on the Ministry of Education to “use more substantive data and less guesswork when making plans for our nation’s children.”
She says “The population has once again been thrust into a state of uncertainty surrounding the reopening of school next month.” MP Haynes also stated that students across the country continue to face challenges with online learning saying “Over the past year, we have seen thousands of students left behind, falling through the cracks of virtual learning. Will they be left even further behind from September?” The following is a press release from Member of Parliament for Tabaquite Ms Anita Haynes:
The Member of Parliament for Tabaquite, Ms. Anita Haynes, has noted that once again the population has been thrust into a state of uncertainty surrounding the reopening of school next month. Most importantly, proposed plans for hybrid learning are of significant concern to many parents and guardians.
“What assessments have been conducted that support this approach? The Ministry of Education needs to use more substantive data and less guesswork when making plans for our nation’s children,” Haynes said.
MP Haynes reiterated the challenges faced by her constituents as well as citizens across Trinidad and Tobago, “Over the past year we have seen thousands of students left behind, falling through the cracks of virtual learning. Families are still struggling today to provide devices to their children and access internet connectivity. In fact, some students will not be promoted for the next school year because they were unable to attend the minimum number of classes.”
Haynes questioned whether assessments of virtual classes were conducted and systems put in place to support families in need, “My office continues to support families by printing learning packages and partnering with organisations to provide learning devices. However, there is still a great number of persons in need of assistance. Will they be left even further behind from September?”
Ms. Haynes repeats her call to the Ministry of Education to be more empathetic in their approach to policymaking, “While the economy is set to open gradually, many parents are still struggling to recover their financial footing. We need to ensure that the decisions we make going forward are grounded in stakeholder consultation so that they ease burdens and protect the vulnerable rather than intensify the challenges they face.”