Minister for Education Octavia Alfred says a surge in COVID-19 cases in Dominica made it necessary for the Education Ministry to review how students and teachers are engaged this school year.

Her comments, as fifth form students across the island began the new academic year through online learning today.

Alfred says while classes have been delayed for the rest of the student population, fifth formers will begin online lessons via the Google Classroom platform.

“I am confident that our teachers and school leaders are prepared to take this on with efficiency and skill, and with the support of the Ministry of Education, our students learning experience will be of a high quality,” she assured the nation.

Alfred encouraged students to approach their education with determination, despite the limitations of online learning.

She expressed confidence in their success, as “they have proven before that they have the capacity to adjust and excel even when faced with challenges”.