Following last week’s unexpected deferral of the planned roll-out of a new shift system for senior students at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has announced that the shift system is now back on starting today.
“I am now pleased to announce that having engaged with the relevant stakeholders, we are now ready to implement the planned shift system to have all senior students attending classes five days a week with effect from Monday, May 10, 2021.” Dr Wheatley said in a statement issued last Thursday.
Students were previously divided into groups separated by shifts for scheduling purposes. The morning shift would begin at 8:40 am and end at 11:55 am for students in the groups 10A, 11A and 12A
The afternoon shift for students in Group B would begin at 12:40 p.m. and end at 3:55 p.m.
Dr Wheatley said transportation will be provided for students to move between campuses to attend technical/lab classes.
Last Sunday, May 2 the rollout was postponed abruptly on the eve of students returning to school without explanation.
In a subsequent interview with our news centre, Dr Wheatley said the postponement was because of “concerns” that were raised.
He explained: “There have been some concerns that have come to my attention and I would like for the Education Advisory Board and other stakeholders to have an opportunity to investigate and consider these concerns before moving forward.”
The Minister then apologised for the inconvenience and asked for the indulgence of all parties as “we (the ministry) make sure we get this absolutely right”.
Additional measures being considered
Commenting on the concerns expressed by some parents about the expected reduction in instructional time spent with teachers, Dr Wheatley said additional measures are being considered to help support the students.
He continued: “I also wish to reiterate that students will continue to do practice exercises, homework and other activities when they are not attending face to face sessions. The use of our Google classrooms and other online platforms will continue as teachers will supplement their contact sessions using the platform.”
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