Distance Learning Set to Continue in Abu Dhabi
Parents, students and teachers are set for another three weeks of distance learning in Abu Dhabi, a ruling by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee unlikely to be pleasing to any of its affected audiences.
“Very disappointed to be informed that we are extending distance learning by another 3 weeks,” Mark Leppard, Principal of the British School of Al Khubairat said in a tweet. “Understand it is for health reasons but feel so sorry for the students, particularly KS3 who have not been in school since March. Stay strong and stay safe.”
The decision applies to both private and public schools in the emirate.
The UAE has recorded a steep rise in Covid-19 cases since the turn of the year. On Friday, a record-high 3,407 infections were confirmed. That spike in cases has reversed the plan to return to classrooms on Sunday.
“The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee announces the continuation of e-learning for all academic levels for three more weeks from 17 January, as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health and safety of the schooling community.” Source: Abu Dhabi Media Office
Case numbers have been above 3,000 for the past four days.