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Posted On: 1 April 2021 07:18 pm
Updated On: 1 April 2021 07:32 pm

Schools to adopt distance learning from 4 April: Ministry of Education

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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Due to the health conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing numbers of daily cases, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) decided to move to the distance learning model for all students in public and private schools, preschools and universities, and suspend the in-person attendance starting Sunday, April 4th.

Suspension of students' attendance in schools, kindergartens, public and private universities

This decision, which was taken in close coordination with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), comes as part of the precautionary measures taken to observe the public interest and ensure the health and safety of students, teachers and administrative staff.

During the distance learning implementation, teachers will continue to attend schools. The final exams for all grades will be held in person at schools according to the scheduled dates. More procedures to be taken in this regard will be announced at a later time.

The Ministry emphasizes that distance learning is an integral part of the educational process and academic achievement. Students attendance will be recorded in this learning model. Students are required to give full commitment to their online lessons for their own benefit. It further calls on the parents to closely follow up with the students' online attendance, cooperate with the school teachers and offer their children an appropriate educational environment at home.

The Ministry reiterates that the distance learning model, which was deployed last year in response to the pandemic, is an optimal choice for the students to continue their academic achievement under the current health conditions. Building on the previous experience, the model has been improved to suit the educational requirements and maximize its benefits to students. The Ministry has been working tirelessly to allow students to continue their education under any circumstances.

The Ministry reaffirms that all precautionary measures taken across the State schools have been efficient and effective, and ensured a safe environment for all students. The decision to return to distance learning, however, has been opted for in order to provide additional protection for the students following the rising number of COVID19 cases across the community, which may lead to the risk of the virus outbreak in the educational environment.

Source and cover image: MOEHE