Guyana Schools to Remain Closed Until New Term

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana government Friday said that all schools, except for those that have already been re-opened, will remain closed until the month of September.

Gschool(File Photo)“We have taken a decision based on the advice of the Ministry of Health to remain closed for the rest of the school year (or) academic year, which ends around the end of June (or) the first week of July,” said Education Minister Priya Manickchand.

Schools have been closed since March last year, due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In November 2020 however, Grades 10, 11 and 12 were re-opened to allow students to prepare for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examination.

“We will therefore remain closed for the month of June except for those classes that have already returned to the classrooms…we are going to remain closed for the remaining days in May and the months of June, July, August for all of the classes that have been closed,” Manickchand said in a live update on her Facebook page, urging people to take advantage of the government’s vaccination program.

“If persons are responsible in getting vaccinated…we’re going to be able to resume a state of relative normalcy. We expect therefore to be able to reopen schools in September 2021 to every grade level and we will work very hard to make sure that happens,” she added.

The Education Minister said that the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA)- slated to be written on August 4 and 5- could be impacted by a possible shift in the date of the CXC’s examinations.

The Barbados-based CXC body is currently re-examining the date it will host its examinations; The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) are slated to be held between June to July.

“If CXC changes their date, it would impact significantly on the date of our NGSA,” she said, adding “as it stands now, I encourage NGSA students, teachers and parents to prepare as though the exams are going to happen in August”.