Schools open today for a new academic session


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Fawzia Abdulaziz al-Khater: the ministry has put in place measures for the start of the school year.

• The Ministry of Education ensures a safe and healthy school environment

The new school year begins today in Qatar with the blended learning system in place, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) has ensured a safe and healthy school environment for all involved.
Under the blended learning system, 50% of the students will be in class and 50% will take the courses remotely, and this will be done on a rotational basis.
While some private schools have been offering lessons since Tuesday, others will do so from today, as well as public schools.
The rapid and efficient deployment of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines has helped the country resume academic sessions with on-campus learning at 50%.
While 93.7% of the eligible population received at least one dose of the vaccine, it was recently reported that seven out of 10 children in Qatar aged 12 to 17 have already received at least one dose of the vaccine, with no effect. major secondary reported.
The MoEHE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), finalized the arrangements to receive students as part of strict precautionary and prevention measures related to Covid-19.
It has been assured that all Covid-19 protocols will be in place, and the authorities issued the necessary directives a few days ago for the proper functioning of the schools.
The MoEHE also announced the School Bubble Device, which can be an effective preventive measure to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in schools.
In a press release yesterday, MoEHE Assistant Under Secretary for Educational Affairs Fawzia Abdulaziz al-Khater stressed that the ministry will continue to implement the blended learning system in public schools for the 2021 school year / 2022, in addition to the adoption of the rotating presence system at all school levels in schools, after coordination and consultation with the Ministry of Health in light of the analysis of the current situation and the rate of infection Covid-19 in the country, and after reviewing the procedures followed by other countries in This concerns.
She confirmed that the education affairs sector of MoEHE had planned and implemented a set of targeted measures in preparation for the new school year, ensuring an effective start at all levels in a healthy and safe school environment.
Al-Khater added that blended learning involves face-to-face learning and online learning using Microsoft Teams, according to the rotation plan defined by the school.
However, the official said, in low-density schools in remote areas and low-density special schools, as well as special schools for students with disabilities, all students will be enrolled, with 100% face-to-face learning.
She said the ministry has put in place several measures in preparation for the new school year, including the need for school administrations to adhere to precautionary measures to ensure the safety of students and staff in schools, and the need to ” have nurses in the school. day-to-day premises.
The measures include educating new students and parents about the school’s policy to cope with and prevent the spread of Covid-19.
In addition, all visitors and employees must present the Ehteraz application and have their temperature checked before entering the school premises.
In addition, any Covid-19 infection should be reported immediately to the MoPH and MoEHE, and if there is an increase in the number of reported Covid-19 cases, the affected school or kindergarten will need to move on to an apprenticeship. 100% online, with the approval of the Ministry of Public Health and after notification from the Directorate of School Affairs.
Schools are also required to commit to respecting the circulars issued by the competent authorities, she added.
According to Circular No. 16/2020, students must attend classes for five days every two consecutive weeks, while teachers must teach 30 lessons per week at all levels.
School hours will be 7.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., with six 45-minute lessons per day and one 25-minute recess.
Al-Khater added: “Kindergarten children will be enrolled at a rate of 50% for the 2021/2022 school year.”
“The Department of Education has published guidelines for face-to-face and online learning in kindergartens with a maximum of 15 students per class, with the need to use the theater of the school and sports halls as classrooms to maintain social distancing, ”she added. “Kindergartens must communicate with parents, inform them of the rotation schedules of their children.
“In addition, morning assemblies, group activities such as excursions, camps and celebrations should be canceled and held virtually as appropriate,” she said.
The official noted that the MoEHE would issue a detailed set of circulars and instructions for schools to organize blended learning and rotation systems, including student attendance rates in the school building, school hours. student turnover, staff working hours, number of lessons per week. and school hours, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) added.
Regarding the academic requirements for the new academic year, al-Khater confirmed that the relevant departments of the Educational Affairs Sector have prepared modified semester plans for subjects for all levels and provided interactive educational units to support learning. distance for students, in addition to producing sign language awareness videos for deaf students and providing electronic learning resources for all subjects and levels, according to QNA.
It took note of the measures adopted for pupils with disabilities, highlighting in this context the coordination regarding the enrollment and transfer of pupils with disabilities to schools and the preparation of the necessary instructions to school administrations and their educational staff to ensure the provision of special education services. in the required form, in addition to listing the needs of schools and students in the necessary tools, equipment and pedagogical and technological resources.
Al-Khater congratulated school principals, administrative and teaching staff, students and parents on the start of the new school year, calling on students to benefit from the opportunities and unlimited support provided by the wise management of the education system.
Meanwhile, Indian schools – which cater to the country’s largest expat community – are expected to open their doors to students with strict Covid-19 measures in place.
As classes resumed at MES Indian School last week for the current school year with the 50% blended learning system, the Ideal Indian School has opened with online classes.
Classes in other schools will resume today as instructed by the MoEHE.

Learning resources
Regarding the activation of the learning resource centers in schools during the application of the blended learning system, the Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) Fawzia Abdulaziz al-Khater said that guidelines have been provided to facilitate the work of learning resource managers in activating learning resource centers for students during distance study, in addition to preparing a work program which includes the most important programs and activities of the learning resource centers for the year 2021-2022, according to the Qatar news agency.
She highlighted the preparations and guidelines to limit and compensate for learning losses among students, stressing that the Education Affairs Sector is keen to limit the learning loss in learning resulting from the application of blended learning. or distance learning, in terms of knowledge and practice, applied and intellectual skills at all ages.
Relevant departments have provided schools with proposed tools and strategies to identify learning loss, such as direct monitoring and diagnostic assessment, using assessment methods and tools that reveal learning loss in students. students.
Al-Khater noted that learning loss issues have also been factored into the semester plans, and schools have been tasked with preparing and implementing plans to close the gap based on the results of the semesters. students in diagnostic tests, and to provide reinforcement courses to students in certain pedagogical subjects, in addition to creating special learning teams on the MS Teams platform for certain categories taking into account individual differences.
The Sector has prepared a plan to oversee compensation for educational losses for students in all schools.

Last update: August 29, 2021 01:26


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