JEDDAH: The General Directorate of Education has launched an education award for remote teaching amid the rise of digital education from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
The award aims to promote excellence in remote teaching and quality online educational content while motivating educators to teach remotely.
On March 8, Saudi Arabia closed all public and private schools to protect students from COVID-19. The Education Ministry accelerated the electronic learning process to compensate for the lack of daily schooling.
Director General of Jeddah Education Saad Al-Massoudi said that the award will show how the educational field has proved its ability to overcome all challenges.
He pointed out that a number of teachers used innovative methods, adopting new educational platforms to deliver information to students effectively.
Six million students are carrying out their studies through virtual schools online and 1.6 million university students have benefited from distance learning.
Al-Massoudi added that the innovation led to the idea of launching the award, which promotes excellence in distance-learning applications, as well as honoring educators with financial rewards and recognition awards for their efforts.