Blended learning in new school year
August 17 2021 11:54 AM

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*50% rotation attendance on campus *Grades 1 to 12 students to wear masks on campus *Only 15 students in each classroom *No recreation activities or assembly *Exams in school premises
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) has decided to adopt a blended education system for academic year 2021/2022, with rotation attendance on campus for government schools starting on August 29 and for private schools and kindergartens according to their academic calendars.
All government and private schools and kindergartens have to maintain 50% attendance. The situation will be continuously monitored and assessed in direct co-ordination with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). The decision is based on the updated indicators published by the MoPH on the Covid-19 pandemic and in line with the precautionary measures set by the state to contain the spread of infection.
It was also decided to make it mandatory for students from Grades 1 to 12 to wearing masks throughout their presence in the school premises. The precautionary measures inside the educational buildings will remain in force, as it is mandatory for all government and private schools to ensure the following:

-Dividing students into groups of a maximum of 15 students each, while maintaining a social distance of 1.5m between each student.
-Commitment to wearing a mask across all school stages, starting with Grade 1 of primary stage.
-Maintaining 50% capacity of the school buses when transporting students.
-Continuously observe the bubble system inside the classrooms and organising the entry and exit of students to prevent overcrowding.
-Students who suffer from diseases that prevent them from receiving education at school are excluded from physical attendance, as determined by the MoPH, provided they continue to attend their classes remotely. Such students must submit a recent medical certificate approved by the MoPH.
-It is forbidden to go out on recreation. Students must eat their meals inside the classroom.
-Cancellation of the morning assembly and group activities, including trips, camps and celebrations. The events can be organised remotely.
-Students are to take all exams inside the school premises.
Specialised and technical schools, and schools for students with special needs and village-based schools shall adhere to 50% attendance rate. As for schools that have a small number of students, the attendance shall be 100%, provided that the number of students in one class does not exceed 15 while maintaining a distance of 1.5m between them.
While 94% of the educational and administrative personnel in all government and private schools and kindergartens in Qatar have received their vaccinations, the MoEHE stressed the need that all administrators and teachers apply the precautionary measures and co-operate fully with the authorities concerned in the event of diagnosing or suspecting any cases of Covid-19. They are urged to firmly and swiftly deal with any violation of the precautionary measures in schools.
The MoEHE reiterated that any violation to these measures will result in taking legal actions against the transgressor(s). The administrative and teaching staff in government and specialised schools, schools for students with special needs, and private schools and kindergartens are obligated to conduct the rapid antigen Covid-19 tests approved by the MoPH on a weekly basis for those who did not receive or complete the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Those who have completed doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and those who have recovered from the disease are exempted from conducting the tests.
In a special speech, addressing the school personnel, HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohammed bin Abdulwahed al-Hammadi congratulated them on the advent of a new academic year to build a promising future for the students.
"We highly appreciate your exceptional efforts, especially during the pandemic period as we have a growing trust in you and your role in building and educating the human element, an essential pillar of building the nation. The achievements of the students are the fruit of your efforts and performance.
"I also would like to welcome our new teachers and I express my support to them for choosing this great profession, that of building generations for the future. Ensuring the progress of students and increasing their academic achievements is the primary goal of the educational process, as it represents the first and most important indicator of the school performance as a whole. Let us join hands together to accomplish this great mission in providing the best educational opportunities for our students."

Last updated: August 17 2021 10:49 PM

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