Students will take part in distance learning for the rest of the academic year…

The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced today that all public and private school and university students in the UAE will conduct their studies via distance learning until June 2020, when the academic year ends.

News of the extension came via a press conference, and subsequently on Twitter, where the Ministry explained: “The decision to extend the distance learning system comes in response to the exceptional circumstances and national efforts to adopt the best mechanisms to preserve society,” amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

With many students preparing to sit exams, The Ministry confirmed that it’s “working on a methodology, which includes the application of evaluation mechanisms and exams for the remainder of the current academic year 2019-2020 in a way that is in the interest of students.”

There was an indication from the press conference that examinations may be permitted to take place, on-site, in the respective institutions.

The MOE said that more information on strategy and procedure would be unveiled over the next few days.

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