Saudi students make smooth transfer to distance learning

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Six million Saudi students in general education and about 1.6 million university students benefited from distance learning through various technical platforms and programs during the coronavirus outbreak. (Supplied)
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Six million Saudi students in general education and about 1.6 million university students benefited from distance learning through various technical platforms and programs during the coronavirus outbreak. (Supplied)
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Six million Saudi students in general education and about 1.6 million university students benefited from distance learning through various technical platforms and programs during the coronavirus outbreak. (Supplied)
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Six million Saudi students in general education and about 1.6 million university students benefited from distance learning through various technical platforms and programs during the coronavirus outbreak. (Supplied)
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Six million Saudi students in general education and about 1.6 million university students benefited from distance learning through various technical platforms and programs during the coronavirus outbreak. (Supplied)
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Updated 23 March 2020

Saudi students make smooth transfer to distance learning

  • Al-Qasabi praised the great efforts made by those responsible for the virtual school with the support and guidance of the education minister

RIYADH: Six million Saudi students in general education and about 1.6 million university students benefited from distance learning through various technical platforms and programs.
Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, accompanied by Commerce Minister Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, who is also the acting media minister and Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Amer Al-Sawah, visited the production center for the virtual school in Riyadh on Sunday, which is serving more than 6 million distance learning students throughout the Kingdom during the period of the suspension of regular education.
The ministers’ tour included classrooms and they observed the method of delivering educational content directly to all students of general education in the Kingdom through broadcast studios designed according to the highest level of technical services.
The education minister explained that only 10 hours after the announcement of the suspension of the regular education, the ministry shifted from an educational system dependent on the attendance of students to another system that drew on the option of distance education, stressing that this transformation was not easy, but the ministry was able in hours to serve students across the Kingdom.
Al-Asheikh added: “Our goal was to achieve the best interests of the students, and not to stop their educational journey for one day.” He pointed out that all efforts today resulted in a “virtual school” that provides multiple options for students at any time and anywhere, whether on the Ain channel, its link to YouTube, the Ain portal, the future portal or the unified education system.

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Six million Saudi students in general education and about 1.6 million university students benefited from distance learning through various technical platforms and programs.

He said that university students were also working with their professors, interacting with them, taking their exams and doing their assignments, indicating that the Ministry of Education was able at this stage to achieve unprecedented numbers in distance education.
Al-Qasabi praised the great efforts made by those responsible for the virtual school with the support and guidance of the education minister, as well as the efforts of teachers and their dedication in delivering education without a pause.
Al-Sawah said that the digital infrastructure in the Kingdom is solid, and the internet access rate exceeds 94 percent.

These figures are supported by a network of optical fibers that reach three and a half million homes. We also increased the capacity by adding more frequency spectrum by 30 percent, prioritizing the security, health and education sectors.”


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.