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Mar 5, 2021

Teen Reporter Explores Remote Learning Challenges

While the young hosts on Open Your Eyes enjoyed getting their questions answered on live TV, News Five also had a young journalist embedded in our newsroom today.  Nyree Kisling, a student at Wesley College in real life, hit the ground running by planning, interviewing, writing and recording a full length report for us. Her topic – the challenges facing Belizean students who have now been engaged in remote learning for just about a year now due to COVID-19, and one haven of support in Belize City.


Nyree Kisling, Teen Reporter (stand up)

“Online schooling has taken a toll on everyone, from infants to primary schoolers to highschoolers and even adults. One of the main reasons why many children are falling behind is because of the new online classes.”


Nyree Kisling

Nyree Kisling

“What are some challenges you face doing the online classes that at school you wouldn’t have to worry about?”


Kyron Jones

Kyron Jones, Student, Grace Primary School

“When you submit your work sometimes it doesn’t give you your full grade like when you put the right answer it sometime wrong it.”


There are many things you have to go through on a daily basis while trying to upload your work like: your work can get lost in your computer or device and you might have to start all over or  you actually did the work and handed it in but the teacher still cannot access your work.


Nyree Kisling

“If you were to go back to school and you could tell the teachers one thing you didn’t like about what they did over the COVID break, what would it be?”


Shanaey Fuller

Shanaey Fuller, Student, Queens Square Primary School

“Some teachers just put the video in they don’t explain the video, they don’t give examples, they would just give the video without explaining it or with any examples.”


Nyree Kisling

“What mostly do you miss about school?”


Devoughn Lopez

Devoughn Lopez, Student, St. Ignatius Primary School

“My teachers and my friends.”


But the Y.M.C.A. has made an easier way for these students who are struggling with both their work and miss seeing other children. They offer access to computers and adults willing to explain the assignments. This has been a big boost for students like Khariel Jones.


Khariel Jones

Khariel Jones, Student, Grace Primary School

“It helped improve my grades, because I’ve never been that much of an  A+ student ,but now I’m much better.”


I asked Doctor Clara Cuellar about the adjustments the Y.M.C.A. had to make to accommodate this mode of learning.


Clara Cuellar

Dr. Clara Cuellar, Executive Director, Y.M.C.A. Belize

“Well I think that the young people lead us in this direction  of change because they wanted to come. They needed the help and we had enough senior youths which would be junior college and those who just graduated. So we said okay let’s put our heads together and help. So the biggest adjustment was what platform, what software would we use to help, that will make sure our primary schoolers stay safe that would make it easy for us.”


I think the reopening of schools for in-person learning is needed because so many children are struggling. For example at my school which is Wesley College, only half the students get to work fully online. Many have to pick up packages with the work. So I think school needs to open up again because everyone deserves to be back in the classrooms. Everyone deserves to get the same amount of learning as the others. Even if there is COVID, we can wear a shield and mask and learn to adjust to the new rules.  Nyree Kisling reporting for News Five.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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