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Sunday, Sep 19, 2021

Strictly no phones! Only laptops, tablets allowed as learning aids

Strictly no phones! Only laptops, tablets allowed as learning aids

For the upcoming school year that will allow all schools to reopen for face-to-face classes, students will now be expected to use electronic devices as essential tools in the classroom, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley announced.

However, mobile phones will not be among the list of permitted digital devices for classes.

“Despite the fact that students are now back in the classroom, the use of technology in the teaching and learning process will continue as we have determined this methodology and instructional format with the use of electronic devices is now official in school delivery,” Dr Wheatley stated in an education update yesterday, August 10.

“Students must come with the proper tools. Tools should include a personal laptop or tablet, textbooks, and writing materials,” the minister added.

According to the minister, electronic textbooks, as well as Google Classroom will also be fully utilised.

Electronic devices became essential items for learning after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the world’s schools to implement remote and online learning as the new global standard.

Dress code must be followed

In the meantime, the Education Minister said all school uniforms and the proper dress code will be enforced. Permission must be granted by the principal of the school for any exceptions.

As for lunch and break periods, these will be staggered to ensure proper control of students gathering in groups. Parents are to secure packed lunches for the children from vendors if they are not able to give them lunch from home.

Registration for all schools for the upcoming academic year is now closed.

“Every student in the school should be registered with the Ministry of Education, all incomplete applications to the Ministry of Education must be completed immediately so that placements can be finalised,” Dr Wheatley said.

For secondary public schools, the registration process for Grade 7 is completed only after the textbook fee of $125 is paid and an access code is received.

The fees must be paid at the accounting unit in the Ministry of Education located on the third floor of the Creque building in Road Town. For the sister Islands, Dr Wheatley said payments should be made to the principal of the school.


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