Ministers of Education from across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, OECS, are engaged in discussions on a range of issues affecting the Education sector in the region.
The discussions are taking place at the 7th Meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers of Education which is being hosted virtually by St. Vincent and the Grenadines from today.
Addressing the opening session this morning, Minister of Education Curtis King noted that the Covid 19 Pandemic presents a serious threat to regional educational systems.
Minister King said the two-day meeting of Education Ministers aims to chart the way forward, as countries respond to the Covid 19 Pandemic.
Meanwhile, Director General of the OECS Commission, Dr. Didacus Jules said the implications of the Covid 19 pandemic are far-reaching and the pandemic has negatively impacted aspects of everyday life in the region.
Delivering remarks at this morning’s opening session, Dr. Jules said the continued spread of the virus highlights the vulnerability of regional states.
Meanwhile, Professor Justin Robinson of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus said the region’s education sector is at a critical stage as it continues to be impacted by the evolving COVID19 Pandemic.
Addressing the opening session, Professor Robinson said delegates must use this week’s meeting to develop strategies which would lead to the safe re-opening of schools and resumption of teaching and learning.