Sunday 25 October, 2020

Principal hopes smaller class sizes equals to more 1-on-1 attention

Principal Jonathan Corbin

Principal Jonathan Corbin

Despite the fact that students will be going to school for face-to-face instruction half as much as in the past, one senior educator is praying that this new arrangement benefits those students who need a little more one-on-one time.

Principal of the Princess Margaret Secondary School said that the Six Roads-located school has been divided into two groups, therefore half of the school's roll will be in attendance each today. That is, 444 students will walk through those gates daily.

And he said that as result of this: "I'm hoping that despite the fact that they have their face-to-face time cut in half, that the small numbers would assist, would help the teachers to be able to give more individual attention and it would also increase the students' practice of completing homework assignments."

He explained:

"Every other day they are going to have homework or online assignments, because not everybody is going to be able to get online. So you're here today, you're not going to be here tomorrow, your work is set for you, both in your hand written off in the book as well as online. The teachers will gauge how much, what ratio according to the knowledge of how many children in the particular group are going to be online and so.

"So I'm hoping that despite the fact that the face-to-face hours are reduced, we might just see something emerging that would create a pattern or indications for how things can go in the future in terms of education in the island."

Speaking to class sizes as a result of this measure which is in place to best facilitate social distancing, Corbin disclosed:

"It can be as little, as few as eight or as many as 14. The third formers are going to be 14, between 12 and 14, depending on which third form you are dealing with. All fourth forms are 19 students strong, so you're dealing with a nine and a ten, and that's pretty much the pattern of it.

"First forms in terms of our allocation, there are 22 of them per form, that would push them up to an even 11, but so far we have not seen those numbers actually registering, so we don't know what transfers would have occurred, or what constraints the parents are operating under that would have prevented them from registering up to this point." But as it stands, no first form will exceed 11 students per day.

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