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R M Bailey students exposed to COVID during exams

Students sitting national exams at R M Bailey High School may have been exposed to the coronavirus, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson.

Wilson confirmed that the school was shut down after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

But, school officials further contributed to a possible outbreak by sending R M Bailey students to the nearby C H Reeves Junior High School, Wilson said.

She said, “This is unacceptable because the virus is contagious and the number of cases in New Providence is growing daily.”

The firebrand unionist blasted Ministry of Education officials for failing to define safety measures for the reopening of schools.

Wilson said R M Bailey wasn’t the only school affected by COVID-19 this week.

According to the union president, others schools with positive cases are: Carlton Francis Primary School, Willard Patton Primary, Anatole Rogers and A F Adderley.

Despite this, the Ministry of Education has announced in-person school orientation for new students as of October 5.

Most students will return to school virtually on Monday but Wilson said that the Ministry of Education has failed to address the shortcomings with the online platform.

She called on Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd to grow up and look out for the welfare of students and teachers.

Recently, the minister said he refuses to attend any meeting with Wilson until she apologises for swearing in a WhatsApp message.

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