Hannah Martin: The pandemic has led to psychological challenges

Education Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin said students have psychological problems due to their long-term reliance on virtual learning with COVID-19.

She said the Ministry of Education is working to tackle this issue.

“We know that this pandemic, especially the long-term isolation of students in public schools for more than a year, has had a psychological impact,” she told reporters. rice field.

“As a result, hopefully this week we bring together interested parties such as coaching counselors, school psychologists, and even private sector psychologists with the goal of gaining understanding and acquiring data. Start. Young people get back on track.

“As I always say, they didn’t choose COVID … but it had a big impact on young people and children, so we’re creating an intervention for that.”

Hannah Martin commented after being asked about a series of violent incidents on the school campus over the past few weeks.

Last week, President Belinda Wilson of the Bahamas Teachers’ Union (BUT) expressed concern about on-campus violence after a student at LW Young Middle School tried to beat the principal.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in early 2020, Bahamian students fluctuated between virtual and face-to-face learning, depending on location and COVID situation at the time.

From September 2021 to December 2021, all public school students across the country were engaged in virtual learning only. They moved face-to-face earlier this year.

Hanna-Martin said yesterday that further investigation is needed to determine if COVID restrictions contributed to the offensive behavior of students.

“We’ve seen some examples of dysfunction on school campuses, and we need to do some research to understand what’s causing it,” she said. ..

“… This is a very difficult time, and every time we say that in terms of the effects of a pandemic, all stakeholders in this country must take into account the fact that we are at stake in education. To, I’m about to come to the fore, and we have to do everything we can to avoid anything that could have very serious consequences for the future of this country. ..

“And that work is very ongoing.”

Hanna-Martin said police officers are stationed on some school campuses, but that’s not a viable solution.

“The problem is what causes these confusions,” she said.

“That’s what I’m concerned about, and I think we need to start some analysis based on what we’ve seen so far so that we can respond appropriately.” Hannah Martin: The pandemic has led to psychological challenges

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