The Ministry of Education says that during the July/August vacation period, it has been working strategically to prepare all schools to open its doors on Monday 3rd September 2018.
It says that as part of the preparation, it has issued contracts to over 70 Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teachers, over 50 primary school teachers have been appointed, over 60 secondary school teachers have been sent to schools across the country and over 150 School Social Workers have been brought on to augment the employee complement of the Student Support Services Division (SSSD).
The Ministry of Education has confirmed that the classes of the School for the Blind have been relocated to the Five Rivers Secondary School.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the ministry said extensive repairs were completed at the old Five Rivers Secondary School to prepare five classrooms to house the visually impaired students, while repairs were also done to modify three other rooms to accommodate the principal’s office and staff room.
Right now there are no ICT techs in the nation's schools but the education minister says that is just a temporary issue due to a current assessment process being undertaken by the ministry.
The IT technicians are on a month to month contract with the ministry, but recently none of their contracts has been renewed.
According to Minister Anthony Garcia, there are about 100 IT techs attached to the ministry.
However, due to the country's financial constraints, the ministry has undertaken an assessment drive to ensure there isn't any wastage in that department.