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School day to be extended

School day to be extended

| 01/07/2020 | 149 Comments

(CNS): When Cayman students return to government schools in August and September they will be facing a school day that will be longer than they are used to. Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has confirmed that to help students catch up on missing time because of the COVID-19 shutdown, at least 30 minutes, possibly even an […]

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Training centre applies for ‘green’ EU grant

Training centre applies for ‘green’ EU grant

| 23/06/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The private sector vocational training centre, Inspire Cayman Training, has applied for specialist European Union grants that will allow it to offer scholarships for around 260 local people to train as renewable energy technicians and dive instructors. ICT, working in partnership with Grand Cayman Eco Divers and GreenTech Solar, is hoping to cover the […]

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Ministry: Students suffer COVID trauma

Ministry: Students suffer COVID trauma

| 22/06/2020 | 42 Comments

(CNS): The education ministry believes schools will have to deal with many students who are traumatized as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic when they return in September. These metal health issues will need to be dealt with before effective learning can take place and gaps the addressed, officials have said. Following a recent critical […]

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Schools to face catch-up challenge

Schools to face catch-up challenge

| 16/06/2020 | 52 Comments

(CNS): With children and teenagers across Cayman losing more than a third of their academic year to the COVID-19 lockdown, playing catch-up when the new 2020/21 school year starts will be a significant challenge for most schools. While kids were engaged in some online and home learning over the last three months, a report released […]

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Teachers under pressure during pandemic

Teachers under pressure during pandemic

| 12/06/2020 | 36 Comments

When this thing started teachers were using online platform combined with Zoom and emails to deliver content and face to face lessons and students were getting comfortable. Suddenly they are given a new platform as a standard… which I understand why. They did as requested, then suddenly another platform was added and another… So now […]

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OES surveys parents on school inspections

OES surveys parents on school inspections

| 11/06/2020 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The Office of Education Standards (OES), which is responsible for conducting all school inspections in the Cayman Islands, is reviewing the framework it uses to measure standards and wants parents to wade in on the review. The OES has created an online survey, which consists of ten questions about how school inspections are done […]

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Home learning unequal, report finds

Home learning unequal, report finds

| 11/06/2020 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The inequality of access, unreliability of technology and a lack of a strategy to help teachers use online platforms well has made home learning “an imperfect substitute to school-based provision”, according to a new report by the Office of Education Standards (OES). This will lead to problems for schools when they return because there […]

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Parents petition gov’t to let kids be together

Parents petition gov’t to let kids be together

| 08/06/2020 | 150 Comments

(CNS): An online petition started by local parents on Friday pleading with government to allow children to play together again had collected 1,645 signatures by 4:30pm Monday. The originator of the petition told CNS that many parents are really concerned that their kids are suffering significantly as a result of the lockdown, and given the […]

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Schools closed for rest of term

Schools closed for rest of term

| 23/04/2020 | 55 Comments

(CNS): All schools in the Cayman Islands will remain closed until at least the end of this academic year, government officials have confirmed in a letter to the heads of all educational facilities. Ministry of Education Acting Chief Officer Lyneth Monteith wrote to the schools on Wednesday confirming government’s decision not to open schools before […]

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Parents frustrated by minister’s responses

Parents frustrated by minister’s responses

| 16/04/2020 | 200 Comments

(CNS): Parents’ frustrations were unleashed yesterday evening after thousands of them tuned into the press briefing Wednesday with hopes of hearing Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly answer questions and set out the plan for keeping the children of Cayman learning during the COVID-19 curfew. But most were left disappointed with the minister’s responses, which they said […]

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Schools closed for academic year

Schools closed for academic year

| 14/04/2020 | 101 Comments

(CNS): School closure dates have not yet been formally confirmed but Premier Alden McLaughlin said on Tuesday that they would most likely be closed until the new academic year in September. The education minister is scheduled to appear at the COVID-19 briefing update tomorrow, Wednesday, when the myriad questions parents have about school are expected […]

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