COVID-19: Teachers returning to school in Saudi Arabia next week

Cairo: Over 114,000 administrative school employees are due to return to work tomorrow across Saudi Arabia in preparation for the new school year amid strict precautions against COVID-19, Saudi newspaper Al Youm has reported.

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Their return comes months after Saudi authorities closed educational institutions as part of its measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. More than 520,000 school teachers will go back to their workplaces next week in the run-up to the new school year which is set to begin on August 30.

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It is not clear yet whether the classroom teaching or E-learning or a combination of both systems will be adopted.

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In recent days, several Saudi media outlets have quoted parents expressing confusion about the teaching methods for the new school year.

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In an effort to stem the virus spread, education departments in different parts of Saudi Arabia have drawn up plans to apply stringent anti-virus precautions, Al Youm reported today.

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Committees have been formed in different schools to oversee their preparedness and check if health precautions are in place.

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While relaxing several virus-induced curbs in recent weeks, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly warned against violating measures adopted to contain the highly contagious disease including observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of protective face masks in public places and a ban on large gatherings.

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