Parents in Qatar will be allowed to choose between blended and fully remote learning from next week, the Ministry of Education has announced.
Currently, kids are expected to attend school in person one or two days a week, with the rest of studying taking place remotely.
Qatar adopted blended learning to ensure that children can attend basic classes and conduct laboratory experiments and tests without school attendance going above 30 percent of full capacity.
In a press conference last night (September 14), it was announced that parents would be given the option for fully remote learning “in order to control the attendance and teaching mechanisms in the classroom”.
Representative of Education Ministry said that starting next week, parents will be given a choice between continuing in the blended learning path or switching to completely distance learning, in order to control the attendance and teaching mechanisms in the classroom. #QNA— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) September 14, 2020
Under current rules, 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.
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.