Private schools can choose between blended or remote learning: Official

The Peninsula Online

Doha: Senior Education Ministry official told an Arabic daily that private schools are allowed to choose between blended or remote education from Sunday.

Rashid Al Ameri, Director of Private Schools Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said that the ministry has allowed private schools to choose between continuing with the distance education system or returning to the blended education system, provided that the integrated education system begins on Sunday, May 30, in an interview with the Al Sharq daily.

“After improvement in the epidemiological situation and in line with the start of the first phase of the gradual lifting of restrictions that began on Friday, May 28, we found it appropriate to allow the return of blended education to facilitate our students’ interests,” he said.

In context of state’s decision towards starting the implementation of the first phase of the gradual lifting of the restrictions imposed to limit the spread of Corona, which is scheduled for Friday, May 28, and after communicating with private schools, we decided to allow the return of blended education system from Sunday, May 30 until the end of the current school year.

This decision is not compulsory, but rather at the request of each school if they wish to do so.

The return of the integrated education system is limited to schools that wish to do so, provided that they submit a request to do so to the Private Schools Affairs Department.

The actual strength of presence in the building will be decided by the school for each academic level and what is compatible with the needs of each grade with focus on not increasing more than 30% of overall capacity of the building. 

The school is allowed to decide the periods for blended but should not be less than four periods for the school and two periods for KG. The schools are required to follow the precautionary measures as announced by state agencies. 

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