Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Honourable Francis Fonseca

MOE says no PSE again this year

The Primary School Examination (PSE) for 2021-2022 is again suspended this year as per the Minister of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology (MOE), the Honourable Francis Fonseca. The minister indicated that there are other plans, like getting students adjusted to the pandemic-style system of learning applied in 2020. These include the absence of the PSE and the Belize Junior Achievement Test (BJAT).

Belize observes Emancipation Day

For the first time, Belize joined the rest of the Caribbean in celebrating Emancipation Day. On Monday, the public and bank holiday was observed instead of Sunday, August 1st, the given date. The new holiday commemorates the total abolishment of slavery in 1838 from the English-speaking Caribbean territories.

San Pedro House of Culture to remain closed; staff terminated

The island’s venue for exhibits and traditional events, The San Pedro House of Culture, will remain closed indefinitely. This is attributed to the pandemic and the reportedly limited finances to support the house of culture. As a result, and after working on reduced salaries for months, the island staff was terminated.

Schools to start re-opening in April

The re-opening will be separated into two groups- 1 and 2. The first group is set to see schools re-opening on April 12th and the second one on May 10th. According to the Minister of Education (MOE), the Honourable Francis Fonseca, the phased re-opening will go through September of this year. As a result, not all schools will open their campuses at once. For a school to re-initiate in-person classes, they must submit re-opening plans to MOE and will be allowed to operate once their plan is approved.