Schools seek ministries’ advice over coronavirus

Updated 29 April 2014
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Schools seek ministries’ advice over coronavirus

Many teachers and students are staying home because they fear becoming infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, educationists said here Monday.
Padma Hariharan, director and head of the Novel International Group of Institutions, said the Ministries of Health and Education must provide advice on how to deal with the situation because it is affecting teaching at several schools in the city.
“The situation is becoming bad because of the fear of the disease. Between 30 and 40 percent of teachers and students are not showing up at schools, especially kindergarten children. We also tell them to stay at home even if they have normal flu symptoms or a cough. Under such circumstances it would be better for the Ministries of Health and Education to advise schools,” she said.
Hariharan said school administrations have been taking precautions and reassured parents that there have been no MERS cases among students and teachers. However, many parents are still not sending their children to school.
Sadia Kaleem, the principal of Al-Hukma International School, said it was not a good idea to close schools at this stage because of the impending final examinations, but urged the two ministries to provide advice on the way forward.
“While our students have not stayed home, several doctors who are parents have asked us to hold examinations earlier. They want to send their children out of the country because they are afraid that they might become infected," she said.
She said the situation was clear and the ministries could take better decisions.
Earlier, Abdullah Al-Thaqafi, director of education in Jeddah, said that there have been no recorded cases of coronavirus at local schools. The department has also not closed any school yet.
However, if there are any cases found the department would start closing schools. He said the department would send doctors to schools as part of its awareness campaign.


Sharqiah Season: Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

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Sharqiah Season: Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month
DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.