Qatar's back to school plans revealed, with schools adopting blended learning

Students will attend school once or twice a week

Qatar's back to school plans revealed, with schools adopting blended learning

Students in Qatar will adopt blended learning for the first school term of the 2020/21 academic year.

Kids will attend school just once or twice a week, with a maximum attendance of 30 percent of school capacity per day.

The rest of the week kids will continue with distance learning.

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) hopes the changes will mean students can attend basic classes and conduct laboratory experiments and tests.

Classrooms will have a maximum capacity of 15 students, and desks will be rearranged to keep a safe distance of 1.5 m between each individual. Face masks will also be compulsory for preparatory and high school students.

Group activities such as morning assembly, trips, camps and celebrations will be suspended and replaced with virtual events.

Students will take mid-semester and end-of-semester exams on school premises, with schools responsible for organising the exam schedules to maintain social distancing.

Those with chronic illnesses, or those who have parents with chronic conditions, are exempt from attending school, but they must provide an approved medical certificate. These students will still have to attend school to take the main exams.

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