The Ministry of Education and Further Education has announced a hotline 155 for parents and students to answer any queries they may have related to the blended learning approach when schools start in September, according to the Gulf Times.
ILQ got in touch with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Ministry of Public Health and this is the additional information we got:
The Ministry also stressed that when initially discussing these points and the measures, it is important to always emphasize that these measures are subject to continuous review given the current circumstances and are subject to change according to any developments related to the spread of the virus.
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) decided to make amendments to the previously announced back-to-school plan for the 2020/21 academic year. The new plan features the incorporation of the blended learning approach during the first semester of the upcoming year.
A combination of online and classroom-based learning will be implemented in all stages of education across public and private schools, preschools and the higher education institutions.
This move came after close coordination with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) on the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as the virus infection rates in Qatar. It also aims to mitigate the academic consequences of the school closures and delay of the new academic year.
Exception from attending classes in school include students who suffer chronic diseases as supported by an approved medical report. Students whose parents suffer from chronic conditions are also exempted from attending school to avoid the possible transmission of infection. An approved medical certificate and national address certificate for the patient should be submitted to the school. The excepted students, however, must attend personally to school to take the main exams.
On the same note, the Ministry issued circular to the university presidents regarding the gradual attendance. According to the circular, 30% of students will attend to campus daily from September to November, with the blended learning being deployed. Exam attendance will be considered in the assessment scores, as needed.
Universities are urged to take all COVID-19 protective measures and ensure that a minimum safe distance of 1.5 meters is maintained between students. Relevant comprehensive awareness for both students and employees should be initiated in coordination with the MOPH.
.@Qatar_Edu has announced an amended back-to-school plan for the first semester of the academic year, implementing a blended learning model for students in all stages of education across public & private schools, preschools and higher education institutions. #YourSafetyIsMySafety pic.twitter.com/7DyWAhfMVN— مكتب الاتصال الحكومي (@GCOQatar) August 20, 2020
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