Blended studying to proceed with 50% attendance: Qatar Training Ministry
Doha: The Department of Education and Higher Education has announced that blended learning will continue with rotating attendance in public and private schools when the children resume their holidays on August 29th.
The ministry said in a tweet that it had decided to introduce a mixed education system with an average attendance rate of 50% of the building’s capacity in all public and private schools and kindergartens in Qatar for the 2021-2022 academic year.
In a special address by the Minister for Education and Higher Education SE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulwahed Al Hammadi to the school staff on the occasion of the start of the new academic year, the Minister said: “Brothers and sisters, I am very happy. We congratulate you on the arrival of a new academic to build a bright future for our students. We appreciate yours extraordinary efforts, especially during the pandemic, as we have a growing confidence in you and your role in building and training the human element, and pillars of nation building. The achievements of our sons and daughters of the students in all events are the result of your efforts and achievements. I also welcome our new teachers and would like to express my support in their choice of this great profession, creating generations for the future. Securing student progress and increasing their academic performance is the primary goal of the educational process as it is the The first and foremost indicator of overall school performance. Let us join hands together to accomplish this great mission and provide our students with the best educational opportunities. “
In addition, in line with the precautionary measures announced by the state, it was decided to make it compulsory to wear a mask for pupils in grades 1 to 12 during their entire stay on the school premises. The precautionary measures within the educational buildings remain in effect as the following must be ensured for all state and private schools:
– Division of students into groups, provided that each group consists of a maximum of 15 students, while maintaining a social distance of 1.5 meters between each student.
– Obligation to wear a mask in all school levels, starting with class 1 of the primary level.
-Maintenance of 50% capacity of school buses when transporting students.
– Continuously monitor the bladder system in the classrooms and organize student entrances and exits to avoid overcrowding.
-Students suffering from illnesses that prevent them from attending school are excluded from physical visit as per the regulations of the Ministry of Health, provided that they continue to attend their classes remotely. Students exempt from physical attendance must present a current medical certificate approved by the Ministry of Health.
– It is forbidden to go for free time. Students must have their meals in the classroom.
-Cancellation of the morning queue and group activities including excursions, camps and celebrations. The events can be organized remotely.
– Students must take all exams on the school premises.
Technical and technical schools as well as schools for pupils with special needs and village schools adhere to the above-mentioned attendance rates.
At schools with only a small number of pupils, 100% attendance is permitted, provided the number of pupils in a class does not exceed 15 pupils and a distance of 1.5 meters between the pupils is maintained.
The ministry emphasizes that the health and safety of its students, teaching staff, administration and all school staff is one of its top priorities, despite the vaccination of more than 94% of educational and administrative staff in all public and private schools and kindergartens in Qatar, the ministry emphasizes the need for all administrators and teachers to adhere to precautionary measures.
The ministry also required that administrative and teaching staff in state and specialized schools, schools for the disabled, private schools and kindergartens carry out a weekly rapid test for Covid-19 (Rapid Antigen) for those who have no or full doses of the (Covid-19 ) Vaccine. Individuals who have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and those who have recovered from the disease are exempt from this screening.