Parents are being asked to throw their full support behind the new Creative Learning Programme which is a mandatory after-school initiative for students enrolled in the morning session of the new public school shift system.
The Ministry of Education implemented the shift system in light of the hurricanes which gutted several public educational facilities such as Elmore Stout High School (EHSH).
Students on morning shift are scheduled to attend school from 8am to 12pm while students on the afternoon shift attend school between 1pm and 5pm.
Education Minister Myron Walwyn said new Creative Learning Programme will ensure that morning shift students don’t waste time after school.
“Recognising the importance of having our high school students properly occupied once their school day shift has ended, I asked the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports to put together a creative learning programme that will keep students occupied until 3pm. In other words, students at ESHS who are on the 8-12 shift will be expected to go to the after school programmes until 3pm each day immediately following their lunch break period.”
“The programme will provide learning opportunities in the areas of entrepreneurship, art, academics, sports, speech, drama and community service to name a few,” Walwyn explained.
He said the programme will be held at a separate location to the de facto ESHS school campus at the old CTL building Pasea Estate.
The minister, in the meantime, said registration for the Creative Learning Programme will start next week.
“The Director of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mrs Brenda Lettsome-Tye and her team will be visiting grades 7-9 students of ESHS to register them for the programme during the week of November 6th.”
“I would like to, however, say to parents now, that we expect your full cooperation and assistance in ensuring that your child attends the after school programmes.”
“We want all students to be accounted for. We are asking parents to ensure that at the end of your child’s shift, that they are engaged in the after school programmes,” he added.
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