Iraq reopens schools despite coronavirus outbreak

MENA

Published: 2020-11-29 19:55

Last Updated: 2020-11-29 21:16


Iraq reopens schools despite coronavirus outbreak
Iraq reopens schools despite coronavirus outbreak

Sunday, Iraqi schools opened back up and received over 10 million students at all levels of education, amid strict preventive health measures that are being followed due to the continuous coronavirus outbreak in the country, according to what the National Iraqi News Agency (INA) quoted from the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education renewed its calls for students and educational staff to bear the shared responsibility in ensuring the study atmosphere is efficiently restored, while integrating a blended education approach using in-person learning and e-platforms to re-adapt the curricula.

The ministry's spokesman Haider Farouk, told INA that the Ministry of Education’s vision for revamping education in Iraq was to officially start schools on Nov. 21, on a two-day-a-week basis. However, the Crisis Cell and the Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety delayed schools to instead begin Nov. 29 on a one-day-a-week basis, while completing education on other days electronically.

The decisions from the Crisis Cell and the Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety is binding on all schools, said the Education Committee of the Iraqi Parliament.

The Ministry of Education confirmed Saturday that the decisions to start the new school year were issued by the Crisis Cell and the Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety.

The decision comes amid an increasing outbreak of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 12,000 lives across the country.