Breaking: Schools and Nurseries in Ajman Close…
The UAE Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced that all Ajman schools must close with immediate effect. Children will transfer to 100% Distance Learning.
The full announcement follows:
“The Ministry of Education, in cooperation and coordination with the local emergency, crisis and disaster management team in the emirate of Ajman, decided to suspend studies in schools and nurseries across the emirate and to transfer them from the traditional, urban education system to a 100% distance education system.
This decision came in response to the strategic requirements pursued by the United Arab Emirates to maintain its security and the health and safety of citizens and residents in general, and our children, male and female students, and the school community in particular, to ensure that the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic is limited and the repercussions of the current crisis are minimized.”
Ministry of Education. February 2021.
Responses from parents to the announcement are almost universally positive with praise for the swift and decisive move to protect students and families. Many parents have also expressed worry about the rise in cases.
The decision seeing Schools and Nurseries in Ajman Close follows the UAE’s temporary move to only vaccinate residents and citizens who are elderly or who have certain health conditions following a spike in infections over the past weeks which has seen a tripling of cases. The aim is now to “ensure acquired community immunity and contain the disease.” The restriction will last for between four and six weeks.
A vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) had been made available to all adults with key groups being given the option of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines. Recent data suggests that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has limited efficacy on mild cases in younger age groups for those infected with the South African variant of Covid-19. All vaccines to some degree show a lessened efficacy with the new variant.
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