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Posted On: 17 August 2021 11:29 am
Updated On: 17 August 2021 02:55 pm

Schools to continue blended learning for academic year 2021-2022: Ministry

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Based on the Ministry of Public Health's indicators relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the precautionary measures announced by the state to maintain the safety and health of citizens and residents to reduce its spread, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has decided to adopt a system of integrated education with effective rotational attendance for public school students for the new academic year 2021/2022, which begins on August 29, and for schools and special kindergartens in accordance with their academic calendars.

It was decided to adopt an average attendance of 50% in all public schools, schools and private kindergartens depending on the capacity of their buildings, with continuous follow-up and evaluation of the educational process and continued direct coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.

Precautionary measures to be followed by all students in public and private schools include:

  • Dividing students into groups, with each group having a maximum of 15 students in a class, while maintaining a social distance of 1.5 meters between each student.
  • A commitment by students from the first grade to the 12th grade to wear masks while they are inside the school building,
  • Maintaining 50% capacity in school buses when transporting students.
  • Continuing the bubble system within the classroom, with the organization of the entry and exit of students to prevent crowding.
  • Students who suffer from diseases that prevent them from receiving education at school are excluded from physical attendance, as determined by the Ministry of Public Health, provided that they continue to attend their classes remotely. Students exempted from physical attendance must submit a recent supporting medical certificate approved by the Ministry of Public Health.

    Children are forbidden to go out for recreational activities while in the schools. Students must eat their meals inside the classroom.

  • Cancellation of the morning queue and group activities, such as trips, camps and celebrations. Events can be organised remotely.
  • Students are to take tests within the school building.

    For its part, specialized and technical schools, special needs schools and village schools are committed to the same attendance rates as mentioned, while for schools with a small number of students, all students are 100% permanent, provided that the number of students in one division does not exceed 15 students while maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters among students.

    The Ministry stresses that the health and safety of its student children, teaching staff, management and all school staff are among its top priorities, and despite the vaccination of more than 94% of the educational and administrative staff in all public and private schools and kindergartens in Qatar, the ministry stresses the need for all administrators and teachers to comply with precautionary measures and cooperate fully with the relevant authorities in the event of the discovery or suspicion of any cases of COVID-19, and to deal firmly in the event of any violations in the application of precautionary measures in schools,

    The Ministry also confirms that violating these obligations will result in legal action, and the Ministry also stressed that administrative and teaching staff in public and specialized schools, schools for persons with disabilities, schools and kindergartens will be obliged to conduct rapid antigen testing approved by the Ministry of Public Health on a weekly basis for those who have not received or completed vaccine dose; those who have completed vaccine doses (COVID-19) and those who have recovered from the disease are exempted from the test.

    Source: Ministry of Education and Higher Education
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