Saudi Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh on Saturday held a video call with university bosses to discuss final exam evaluation mechanisms amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Al-Asheikh started the meeting by praising the efforts of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide college students with all the necessary means to continue learning without interruption.
He said it was important to support the educational process until the last day of the academic calendar, and reassured university heads that all available evaluation options would be fair and have the students’ best interests at heart.
“The universities’ remote learning achieved unprecedented accomplishments,” the minister said. “When it comes to the numbers, 1.2 million users have attended 197 educational hours in more than 7,600 virtual classrooms. As for the learning outcomes, they were preserved without any educational losses,” he added, commending the efforts of public and private universities that switched to remote learning a day after the closure decision was taken.
“The ministry is working with universities during these difficult times to coordinate efforts and prevent any discrepancy in the evaluation process or disparity in its implementation,” he added. “We are all working to serve students and were entrusted to do so by our leadership.”