Queen’s College extends academic instruction period; graduation plans ongoing

Queen’s College (QC) has extended its official period of academic instruction through June 4 in response to the lost instruction time due to COVID-19.

Schools have been closed since March 16, with in-person, face-to-face learning suspended after The Bahamas confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus.

A written update from the school to parents/guardians advised that examinations, courses and course requirements vary across the school, and that classroom and subject teachers will communicate with students regarding the creation of their final term grades.

The letter also advised that report cards will be emailed on June 26.

Parents were also reminded of the Ministry of Education’s decision that national examinations for GLAT (Grade Level Assessment Test), BJC (Bahamas Junior Certificate) and BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams are postponed and not canceled.

“Like other schools, we await an update on when and under which conditions will these examinations occur,” the letter read.

“With regards to international examinations, we have withdrawn our school from this year’s IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams; College Board postponed SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams to August; and our students are currently in the midst of sitting their Advanced Placement exams online.”

QC officials said they are considering offering their various summer school programs and academic bridge initiatives via online learning.

In its letter to parents, QC officials said planning is still ongoing for their graduation.

As for the 2020/2021 academic year, QC officials said they continue to be guided by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education concerning the re-opening of school.

“We are certain, however that upon the reopening of school, persons can expect the establishment of new health and safety protocols to be followed by our students, their parents and school employees,” said the letter.

The Bahamas had 96 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths, 41 recovered cases, seven hospitalized cases, 44 active cases and had completed 1,700 tests up to yesterday.

Worldwide, there were 4,408,618 confirmed cases and 300,315 deaths.

In the message sent to parents, school officials said through the national shutdown, the school has committed itself to maintaining and supporting high academic standards for their students. And that teachers and guidance counselors are working hard and are available to parents and students.

“While global challenges and uncertainties about the future may exist, we are confident that Queen’s College and The Bahamas will make it through stronger than ever before.”

In the wake of the global coronavirus health pandemic, nothing is normal. Education is being done by online instruction from pre-school through university.

The country is under a state of emergency until the end of May, with weekday curfews and weekend lockdowns.


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Shavaughn Moss

Shavaughn Moss joined The Nassau Guardian as a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor. Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics. Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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