With all schools set to return to a fully online system as of Monday, Shadow Education Minister Clyde Puli has called out the education authorities for failing to provide immediate details on how the transition will work.
“The argument that online learning is an inferior option among young children is correct, but you must be prepared for it anyway,” Puli said in Parliament yesterday, noting how the GCHSS sixth form only went online recently after students threatened to go on strike.
A day later, the government announced that all schools will go online until 11th April as one of several measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“How many children will risk falling off the radar? Have educators been provided with proper laptops? What are O and A level students going to do? Will they be vaccinated early and will they still sit for their exams in a large group?”
“What are the online guidelines? How will the timetables look like?”
Puli also warned of problems surrounding the vaccination of teachers, with some schools yet to receive a single vaccination appointment and some teachers getting penned in for an appointment at the other side of the island.
Education Minister Justyne Caruana gave a brief address too last night, pledging to evaluate the situation involving O and A level students and inciting that the quality of online learning must be better than it was when the pandemic broke last year.
“It was a successful exercise so far but there were instances when it wasn’t so good, and I passed on the message to the MUT and Church and independent school representatives that we must ensure quality learning.”