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GOV’T DEBT BLAMED FOR SHORTFALL IN STUDENT LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION

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Confronted by billions in public debt and compounded by economic depression caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, government resources to supply enough laptops and electronic devices to student households have been curtailed. COVID-19 control measures have again kept students out of the classrooms. The September 13 start of the new academic term will be 100% virtual / online. For students still without devices to participate in online learning, government intends to supply them with hardcover book packages to keep up.

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ARE THE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS PLACING STUDENTS IN HARM’S WAY AT HOME?

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With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping students at home and out of the physical classrooms, the Education Ministry is reporting a concerning rise in child abuse and teen pregnancy. The COVID related disruptions to the academic year has apparently placed school aged students at greater risk of abuse and exploitation. Acting Chief Education Officer Cirus Cepal noted in the last year a number of secondary school girls became pregnant. In a September 12 back to school address, Education Minister Shawn Edward revealed some students, “…have fallen prey…” to abuse.

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NPA expresses disappointment in the behavior of students during online instructions

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J PIERRE ADMIN PROCURES CLOSE TO 4000 LAPTOPS FOR FIRST FORM STUDENTS

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The Philip J Pierre led Administration has made its first move to close the laptop gap as the academic year reopens online. “…close to four thousand…” laptop computers are being sourced according to Education Minister Shawn Edward for distribution among the island’s form one students.

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