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Absence in school during the first two weeks not to be counted: Official

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Doha: Absence in school during the first two weeks after the schools reopen will not be counted, Dr. Ibrahim Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said during a press conference held today.

This decision was taken to allay the concerns of parents under current circumstances and he urged students to follow distance learning. Public and Private schools reopen after a summer break from tomorrow.

The Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, discussed the latest developments related to the Coronavirus and returning to schools during a press conference held today.

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“We did not detect any case among students during the second round exams that ended today and there is a great readiness among public and private schools to receive students taking all necessary precautions,” Dr Al Nuaimi said.

“Parents must make sure that their kids wear a facemask and do not suffer from a high temperature before going to school, he added.

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“Qatar is proud to be among the countries of the world that held the end-of-the-year exams in schools with the lowest percentage of infections,” Dr. Al Nuaimi added.

He also said that higher education in Qatar is seeing expansion with the opening of Lusail University, which welcomed 800 students, and the opening of Liverpool John Moores University branch in Qatar.

MoPH will also conduct random tests among students in the coming days.

Over 340,000 students will attend public and private schools for upcoming academic year of 2020/21. Five new public schools were opened which brings the total number of public schools and preschools to 283. Additionally, 145 new classrooms will be added to the existing public schools with a capacity of more than 3,600 seats to accommodate 124,700 students.

Thirteen new private schools and kindergartens with a capacity of more than 7,600 seats were opened, which brings the total number of private schools and kindergartens to 334. This will accommodate nearly 215,000 students

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