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Haiti - Education : Two scenarios for the return to school
31/05/2020 10:35:42

Haiti - Education : Two scenarios for the return to school
Over a hundred actors and partners in the education sector, including several former education ministers, education specialists, union representatives and leaders of socio-professional organizations, shared their ideas on strategies and mechanisms for the resumption of school activities during a videoconference on May 28 last at the initiative of Pierre Josué Agénor Cadet, the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training.

These exchanges enabled each actor to better understand the proposals and actions envisaged by the Ministry with a view to relaunching school activities by the end of the summer, if sanitary conditions allow and after the scientists' opinion on the pandemic.

Minister Cadet welcomed everyone's participation and said that no date had yet been set, speaking of planning and anticipating scenarios in order to prepare for school resumption.

Two main options that are on the table at the moment :

The first option provides for resumption on August 3, 2020 with the end of school activities on September 30. The State exams (9th AF, ENI, CEF, Bac) are scheduled between 5 and 23 October 2020. The new 2020-2021 school year would be launched in early November.

The second option rather provides for resumption on September 1st and the end of school activities to end the year on October 30. State exams, in this case, are scheduled between November 3 and November 20, 2020. The new academic year would be launched in early December.

Minister Cadet said he did not rule out other options, even a possibility for the new school year to start in January 2021.

He stressed that the objective set was to see how to end this very disrupted academic year in order to have at least 120 days of class to validate the school year. Recalling that most schools worked on average around 70 days "It therefore takes 50 more days to complete the school year, while taking into account that situations vary from one region to another and from one category of schools to another."

More nuanced, the former ministers Charles Tardieu and Paul Antoine Bien-Aimé and education specialists, in particular Guy Serge Pompilus and Jean Michel Charles, who welcome this initiative of the ministry, believe that other possibilities allowing an approach should be considered. sliding to consolidate the achievements of schoolchildren over three years, the automatic transition to certain levels of basic and secondary school. According to them, focus on exam classes and not take options that could compromise the next academic year.

Other participants, Jean Luc Tondreau from UNESCO and Brice Saintil from UNICEF, mentioned the development of a comprehensive support plan for the education sector taking into account health, psycho-social aspects, canteens support for school administrators in difficulty.

At the end of the discussions, it was decided to set up two intersectoral working teams, with the participation of former ministers of education and several specialists, in order to deepen the reflections on the different options considered and to reach a consensus on the plan to revive school activities that the Ministry would adopt.

Miloody Vincent, Director of Communication for the Ministry announced other meetings to come next week under the chairmanship of Minister Cadet who intends to maintain this permanent climate of dialogue in order to find solutions together to the problems of the sector.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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