Dubai: The emirate of Dubai is striving hard to meet its goal to have all the teaching and learning in the emirate’s private schools to be face-to-face from October 3. School operators, leaders and teachers across the emirate are working together to ensure that the return to full-time face-to-face learning is a safe and fun experience for all students.
Since the start of the new academic year, almost 75 percent of students have already returned to school, up from 50 percent in September 2020.
Commenting on the collective effort, Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), remarked that, ‘The entire education community, including government, school staff and parents have been working together to make sure that students return safely to school. While we are readjusting to full-time face-to-face learning, it’s important to keep wellbeing at the heart of the teaching and learning experience. We’re grateful to our community for everything they’ve done to support high-quality education in Dubai, and we look forward to a safe academic year full of friendship, happiness and fun.’
The KHDA team made as many as 711 visits to schools since the beginning of September, an average of three visits per school, reviewing their compliance with health and safety measures. The authority found that an overwhelming majority of institutions complied to all precautionary guidelines.
While the majority of students will be returning to school on 3rd October, distance learning will still be an option to students who have a valid medical certificate from Dubai Health Authority, and those who are unable to return to the UAE due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Earlier this year, the KHDA Parents’ Survey, conducted among 75,000 parents, revealed that 89 percent of parents felt that their children were safe at school.
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