“All set for new academic year”: says education minister

Minister of Education Tayseer Nuaimi on Sunday said that his ministry is fully prepared for the new 2020/2021 scholastic year which starts on Tuesday, September 1st.

 

The ministry has prepared different scenarios according to two basic considerations, namely the conditions and standards set forth in the health protocol in terms of the space allocated to the student inside and outside the classroom, and the epidemiological situation in the region, district and governorate, Nuaimi said at the launch of a national campaign dubbed “Our Education…Our Future” organized in cooperation with the UNICEF.

 

He explained that the educational process will proceed as usual in the schools that meet the health protocol criteria, particularly social distancing, while the schools which fall short of meeting the criteria will employ a mix of shift-based direct and online education.

 

With regard to the campaign, it aims to educate students about the safe return to schools amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the campaign, a back-to-school manual was launched featuring advice on health and public safety protocols.

 

It is also designed to provide parents, students and all segments of society with information about the continuity of education and the school attendance system on an ongoing basis through the ministry’s website and its pages on social media, as well as via mass media.

 

Nuaimi emphasized the teacher will remain the cornerstone of the educational process, stressing that teachers are encouraged to employ innovate solutions and ideas to ensure the continuity of the learning process.

 

Also, the minister of education said parents have an essential element in supporting their children’s learning more than ever before, indicating that “the success of the school year is linked to the responsibility, awareness and cooperation of all to achieve the best interest of our students.”

 

Alongside the campaign, Nuaimi also launched the national “Learning Bridges” program targeting students in grades from four to nine with the aim of ensuring the continuity of learning for all students.

 

The program, which was also developed in cooperation with UNICEF, will enable teachers to work closely with students and their families through a blended methodology that combines classroom, home education, technology and textbooks and between knowledge and its application.

 

In turn, the UNICEF Country Representative, Tanya Chapuisat, said that the coronavirus pandemic had an unprecedented negative impact on the educational process around the world, expressing the organization’s pride in providing support to the Jordanian government to ensure that students return to school and to develop innovative methodologies that contribute to improving the quality of education.

 

Source: Jordan News Agency

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