COVID-19 precautions in place for 700,000 students return to classrooms in Oman on Sunday

The return of students to school was part of a national recovery plan in the event of a pandemic, based on positive health indicators, said Dr Madiha Al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education.

Muscat: More than 700,000 students will return to classrooms across Oman on Sunday, with schools implementing COVID-19 precautions to protect everyone on campus.

Education minister Dr Madiha Al Shaibaniyah said the return of students to school was part of a national pandemic recovery plan, based on positive health indicators.

“The ministry has developed the programs and the education assessment system to provide a balanced and integrated education to cope with the loss of knowledge and skills that students have not been able to acquire in the past two years. academic, ”she said.

“Based on the high directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik regarding the need to accelerate the necessary measures to analyze the needs and requirements to implement technical and vocational education in post-basic education in accordance with the requirements of the labor market and its future basic needs and skills for different jobs and professions, the ministry is currently working on identifying the needs necessary for the implementation of the project and studying its requirements.

She added that the necessary partnerships will be established with different sectors of the country, while international and regional experiences will also be used to provide children with quality education.

This partnership will also include holding meetings with teaching and supervisory staff and students to clarify the methodology and future vision of the ministry, the field, and benefit from their projects and suggestions.

In this context, Abdullah Ambosaidi, the Under Secretary for Education, said the safety of students and teachers is the top priority during the pandemic. Alternative forms of learning were adopted so that education could continue even if schools remained temporarily closed.

“The ministry has developed the general framework document for the operation of schools for the school year which serves as a roadmap that guides those responsible for the educational process on how to provide educational services to our students in a safe manner,” said he explained.

“The document included general pillars for the functioning of schools, including precautionary measures and immunization, the system of functioning of public schools, training, educational platforms and educational content, learning and education. socio-emotional learning, the operating mechanisms of special education special schools, additional integration classes, special education programs and the operation of private schools, ”he added.

Majid Al Bahri, Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs, added: “The ministry is striving to equip and operate the educational platforms represented in the educational platform (Mandhara) and the educational platform. Google Classroom, in order to provide their digital services for education. on an ongoing basis.

“An educational dissemination project in partnership with Omantel has been set up to disseminate these daily educational lessons, by preparing around 22 interactive classes equipped with the tools necessary for distance educational dissemination, while continuing to provide electronic services throughout of the school year.

On Sunday, some 702,658 students will return to 1,204 public schools, along with 466 students attending special education classes at three schools. Some 56,569 teachers and 10,878 administrators are employed in public schools, at an Omanization rate of 84.8% and 99.8% respectively.

There are also 307 special education teachers, at an Omanization rate of 90.6 percent, and 69 administrative staff at a rate of 85.5 percent.

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