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Coronavirus: UAE schools to restart with distance learning August 30, says minister

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The UAE’s academic year will restart on August 30 but will remain under the distance learning system in which students study from home, according to a statement by the country’s Minister of Education

The UAE’s academic year will restart on August 30 but will remain under the distance learning system in which students study from home, according to a statement by the country’s Minister of Education Hussain ibn Ibrahim al-Hammadi reported by the official Emirates News Agency (WAM).

Schools in the country closed in early March under measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 275 people in the UAE. After a several week break for Easter, education authorities implemented a distance learning system in which students make use of online resources to study from home.

According to al-Hammadi’s statement, this system will stay in place once the academic year begins again on August 30.

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“Education remains a top priority and national objective, and therefore our leadership has directed to apply the distance education system under the current circumstances so that our students won’t lose track and miss one single day from their academic year,” said the minister, according to WAM.

Teachers and school administrative staff will begin working on August 23, a week before students begin their year.

Al-Hammadi added that the success of the distance learning program was due to UAE leaders’ “forward-thinking policy” and the commitment of students and parents, reported WAM.

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In neighboring Saudi Arabia, Minister of Education Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh said previously that the Kingdom was considering distance learning as a strategic choice beyond coronavirus.

“Electronic learning after the coronavirus crisis will not be the same as it was before especially with the accelerated global trend towards e-learning and its technologies as a future option, and not just an alternative during exceptional circumstances,” Al Al-Sheikh was quoted as saying by the Saudi Press Agency in April.

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Source: News https://english.alarabiya.net/en/coronavirus/2020/06/08/Coronavirus-UAE-schools-to-restart-with-distance-learning-August-30-says-minister.html

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