Distance learning to continue in Saudi Arabia for all stages of public education during second term

Distance learning to continue in Saudi Arabia for all stages of public education during second term
Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday that distance learning for all stages of public education will continue for the second term of the academic year. (File/SPA)
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Updated 15 January 2021

Distance learning to continue in Saudi Arabia for all stages of public education during second term

Distance learning to continue in Saudi Arabia for all stages of public education during second term
  • Students will continue with distance learning until the end of the tenth week of the second term
  • The school day for primary school students will start at 3 p.m. and at 9 a.m. for secondary school students

JEDDAH: Saudi schools and universities will continue with remote learning for an initial 10 weeks into the second semester, the Ministry of Education has announced.
The decision was made to protect students, teachers and school staff from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while making sure they continue with education.
“After the 10 week period, the situation will be thoroughly evaluated,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Ibtisam Al-Shehri, told Al-Ekhbariya TV news.
He added that the decision to expand remote learning for students “depends on the results of that evaluation.”
Elementary students’ classes will begin at 3 p.m., while secondary and high school students will be resuming their classes at 9 a.m.
Universities and training centers are to carry on with remote learning for theoretical classes. Applied classes will resume with
preventive measures and social distancing.
The ministry has been assessing remote learning throughout the pandemic and has formed two committees for general and university education in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
The ministry has worked to improve the remote experience through programs like the Madrasati platform, 33 educational TV channels, lesson channels on YouTube and the national education platform Ain.
The ministry affirmed its confidence in the faculty of universities and technical training centers as they carry out remote learning and safe applied education.
The ministry also praised the role of families in continuing to pursue education remotely for their children, adding that it could not have succeeded without their cooperation.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia reported six new COVID-19-related deaths. The death toll now stands at 6,310.
A total of 169 new cases were reported, meaning 364,440 people have now contracted the disease. There are 1,929 active cases, with 302 in critical condition.
According to the Health Ministry, 32 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, 15 in Makkah and seven in Madinah.
In addition, 188 new patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 356,201.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 11,535,208 PCR tests, with 49,133 carried out in the past 24 hours.


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.

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