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Classroom cameras to be installed to assist with hybrid learning

Dr Natalio Wheatley

Cameras in physical classrooms could soon become a new addition in public schools across the territory.

The installation of these devices in the classroom is projected to enhance the hybrid learning experience in instances where complete in-person teaching cannot be facilitated.

This is according to the Education Minister, Dr Natalio Wheatley who made the disclosure at a recent community meeting.

A hybrid learning system is an educational model where class attendance allows for some students to attend in-person, while others join the class virtually from home. Within this model, educators teach both types of students at the same time using technologies like video conferencing hardware and software.

Outlining some of the plans for local education, Dr Wheatley said: “I’m going to do more work to equip our schools with things like cameras to ensure that when persons are at home and the teacher is in the classroom teaching, the persons at home would be able to see what they do up on the board.”

Over $1 million invested in technology

Dr Wheatley said his government has been doing quite a lot in upgrading a number of schools across the territory with various technologies.

This included an investment well in excess of a million dollars for the purchase of hundreds of computers.

“We had about 500 laptops that we secured for technology and we just got an additional shipment on top of those 500 laptops, another set of hundreds of laptops that we got through the Caribbean Development Bank. So we are well equipped as it pertains to technology in our schools,” he stated.

The minister told residents to expect other major projects to be completed at schools and said his ministry is poised to sign six contracts in the coming days to facilitate works at respective schools.

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  1. Plain truth says:

    Myron would have handled this whole thing much better than this present minister. I did not always agree with all the decisions but the education system in the BVI was improving at a good pace. I have no political favorites. I don’t trust politicians that much but I know progress when I see it. We would have been much better off now with Myron at the helm of the education ministry.

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  2. sad says:

    Hon. Wheatley you are out of your depth to be honest. You were not ready for this level of responsibility. Sorry to say it but it is how I feel.

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  3. Shorty says:

    1 million dollars invested in education and the public schools still lack furniture especially ESHS junior campus, lack proper maintenance as mould is rampant through every single public school. Teachers have no resources to teach, printers, paper, basic essentials. As education is not a top priority with this administration. Look at all the private schools moving ahead educating their students while public schools still struggling. And the hybrid learning isn’t working either. Teachers are teaching students for 20 minutes a day then class dismissed. What is really going on? Education is in an all-time mess and I really don’t blame the teachers but those in the Department need to get it together.

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  4. Wow says:

    Wasting money , get better WiFi to deal with the kids & fix the classrooms !!

  5. WILL SAY IT says:

    MYRON WAS THE BEST EDUCATION MINISTER WE HAVE HAD. LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM, HE WOULD HAVE KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO HANDLE THE SITUATION. SORRY, BUT THIS EDUCATION MINISTER CAN’T HANDLE IT.

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  6. Quick analysis says:

    Myron and Sowabde are miles apart in ability. Myron is a doer. Sowande is a talker. Full stop

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  7. ESHS says:

    Need proper internet service first Honourable Minister.

  8. Hm says:

    I want Myron as our next education minister if he can’t be premier. Regardless of the shady aspect as all politicians are shady( True politicians that is … not the ones who trying to be good.. they won’t get far sadly)…He proved himself in that position.

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  9. annudda2cents says:

    something needs to be done with Education. the immediate past Minister of Education was not my cup of tea so to speak, but he got things done, he got things moving. Education, needless to say, is not looking too good right now. Dr. Wheatley needs to get things done…get things moving…and fast to. if not, come 2023, he might run into some re election challenges.

  10. Slow burn says:

    Myron is needed back in that position. That’s all I got to say. This new minister can’t cut it. Education has gone backwards since the change in government.

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  11. local says:

    STRUPES!!!
    NO CHAIRS TO SIT COMFORTABLE U SPEAKING ABOUT WHAT!!!!!!!!

    sTRUPESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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