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Letter of the Day | Urgent need to modernise education system

Published:Friday | October 30, 2020 | 12:14 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

Reference is made to column by Ronald Thwaites titled ‘The blending of education’. In my opinion, face to face is the best option for many schools.

The problem we will have to deal with is the transportation of our students, as some of them have to take as many as three different modes of transportation to and from school. This is the case in most of our rural communities, and based on how many of us choose to obey or not to obey the protocols, we are sure that more persons are at risk of contracting the virus.

Coronavirus caught us flat-footed and we were nowhere ready for online education. We seem to between 10 and 15 years behind in the use of technology in our education system. Many thousands of our students will be left behind educationally, which will be affecting our country in so many ways.

We need to plan effectively as to how we can get our schools, students, parents and teachers to the platform where teaching and learning can be effectively administered, as every child must learn and every child can learn. If our Internet service providers are pressured to help in ways possible to ensure that every household in Jamaica can have good and affordable Internet connectivity and Wi-Fi access, then all modalities can work. As a country, we have failed miserably to modernise our schools and the education system, which has now led us to where we are today.

The Government needs to take back control of the country’s economy and fight corruption; that is the only way we are going to move forward as a country. Once you fight corruption, you can control crime and fix the social ills of this country, and then Vision 2030 will be a reality.

EDMOND FERGUSON

Via Gleaner Online