The MinEdu announced a home schooling program which will take advantage on existing learning environments for students and teachers.
This platform has been in use, lightly, for the past seven years, and will now increase in popularity, otherwise the real loser from the Co-Vid19 saga will be the future, producing undereducated graduates, if there is such a thing, but you know what I mean, untaught, uninformed and unqualified people.
Most students in our system have already finished the second semester of learning for the current school year, before schools were shut down. But we should be concerned about seniors, who are supposed to take their almost-finals in April, and their final-finals, in June.
Teachers functioning in the new reality of virtual teaching should keep in mind that their students will be home when at best, one parent is unemployed, and at worst both.
Students will be stressed, and there is no need to overburden them with assignments. Ease them into this novel experience, don’t barrage them with demands.
Perhaps the home has no internet, for lack of funds, perhaps the atmosphere is tense. They are many extenuating circumstances. We should be sensitive to that.
Teachers should also adjust to the new reality, NO vacation bonus, NO back to school bonus, that is a loss of two salaries.
The Central Bank Communicates
The Central Bank sent out a communication banning non-essential payments, making more money available to the banks – don’t worry, small businesses will probably have zero access to that – among other policy changes.
This is just beginning. Aruba has an average of 6 to 8 months of foreign reserves. Perhaps now, due to cheap oil, maybe as low as $20 a barrel, and much lesser consumption by WEB and residents, and consequently less importation of oil, due to zero tourism, we might stretch it to 8 to 10 months.
If at the end of the summer this Co-Vid19 ordeal is still around, we really have to strap ourselves.
We are poor, and up the famous creek without a paddle.
SILVER LINING: Perhaps now, everyone understand that we MUST diversify, find a non-tourist related economic pillars and stop placing all eggs in one basket.
SILVER LINING: We will finally give up the antiquated way of doing business and usher in Telemedicine, remote-schooling, on-line everything, this will finally revolutionize the way we do business and the way we live.
Meanwhile: We will have to gear up to feed 40k people who will not have money to feed themselves, locals, migrant workers and illegals. The MinLabor started with a good plan!