Beginning next week, parents in Qatar will have to make the choice between opting for blended learning or switch completely to remote learning for their children.
The Adviser to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mohamad Al Bishri speaking in a joint press conference by the Ministries of Public Health and Education and Higher Education regarding the latest developments pertaining to coronavirus in Qatar, said that back to school blended learning while maintaining 30 percent attendance will continue.
He also said that parents will have the choice to either continue blended learning or shift to online learning mode. He requested parents to decide carefully as the decision so-made would be final as it involves several procedures for schools.
The school environment is safe, and most of the recorded cases among students are those contracted outside schools, Al Bishri pointed out, adding that there is a protocol followed in case any infection is discovered in any school, and that will be implemented in coordination with the Health Ministry.
The Chair of the National Strategic Group on Covid-19, and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at Hamad Medical Corporation, Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal said that out of more than 350,000 students, and more than 35,000 teachers in Qatar, less than 0.2 percent have tested positive ever-since schools reopened.
“In nearly two weeks since students returned to school, we have identified a small number of positive cases among children and teachers. While any new case among children is of concern, it is important that we put this into context,” he said.
"Since students returned to classrooms on 1st September, a number of positive cases have been reported in both students and teachers in schools. Our track and trace teams have found that these positive cases did not catch the virus when attending schools-they caught the virus mainly at home during social gatherings," he added.