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Oct 13, 2016

Ministry of Education Plans to Make Up Lost Class Time

Before the meeting with the Prime Minister got underway at Biltmore, the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber was cautiously optimistic about the outcome. While he did not disclose specific details,   Faber says the Ministry is putting in place measures to deal with lost time and classes.

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“Well, we are merely monitoring how things are going. We continue to be ready and try to be in a standby position. But we do not want to create a spook situation. And it seems that every time the Ministry tries to put out and this is why you’ve noted that recently I am kind of hesitant to even make remarks to the media. Because everything that we say, which is our duty, it is that we are obliged to make certain that education services are offered. But everything that we say, it would seem tense to make things a bit worse for those who are looking for some kind of reason to ratchet things up. So, you have noticed that we have been a bit quiet. We continue to be quiet even in this interview and we monitor what is going on a daily basis from the Ministry. I am hopeful that the meeting that the Prime Minister is having as we speak is going to generate the kind of results that is going to get our children back in the classroom and our teachers back in the classroom, because that is our ultimate goal. We want to normalize things. We have lost a lot of time. It is going to be very difficult to make up this lost time and I can only hope that we are nearing the end as oppose to it getting any worse than how it already is.”

 

Reporter

“Is there any plan in terms of how you all will make up that time in the classrooms?”

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber

“Well, there are of course, regular practices, but it all depends how it is that we come to a resolution, of course. It is not a plan that we will share directly or can share directly. It is a plan that will – we have some ideas but we’d better give that plan once the plan has been discussed with the stakeholders. Especially given the clime right now, I think that is the wise thing to do.”

 

Faber noted in the interview that the Ministry hasn’t hired any replacement teachers and that he doesn’t foresee them doing so because he is hopeful that there will be a resolution that will get the teachers back in the classrooms.

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