The Ministry of Education today allowed university students to sit for a two-days exit examination at school premises after a three-month-long closure, which was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The decision comes in a bid to help students struggling with the e-Learning setup due to limited resources, such as financial incapacity to afford smartphones or personal computers and limited to no internet access.
“The facilitation of the examination must limit the capacity to only 15 to 20 students per room. Preventive measures must be adhered to and the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization must be followed,” the statement said.
A survey by the Social Action for Community and Development conducted in May regarding remote learning in the Kingdom revealed that over 70 percent of the student respondents face learning barriers, including insufficient digital materials, unideal environmental setting and frequent internet disruptions.
Over the weekend, the Education Ministry said the anticipated reopening of schools will undergo three phases based on the standard of health and safety measures employed in the school.
“The first phase will include schools with high safety standards. The second phase will focus on schools with moderate standards and the third will be schools with minimal standards,” Education Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said.