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Covid-19: Students, parents go digital-first in UAE

Dubai - Schools have also sent circulars to parents about parental controls.

By Nandini Sircar

Published: Sat 21 Mar 2020, 10:49 PM

Last updated: Sun 22 Mar 2020, 12:51 AM

Parents and students have embraced online platforms to continue with the education process. Many have hailed the UAE government's move to continue the classes despite suspending schools.

"Resumption of studies inside school will happen eventually. But for now, I feel this is the best move. I have two school-going children and the third one is in college. I borrowed an iPad from a friend for a few weeks, as she has an extra one," said Malaysian expat Adeela.

Madhulika Chatterjee, whose daughter is a Year 9 student of Jumeirah College, said she reminds her not to treat this period as a holiday. "Apart from other instructions, the students have been asked to keep their cameras and microphones off when the teacher is talking."

Schools have also sent circulars to parents about parental controls. "I have received a circular from my child's school, asking us to facilitate the process as equal partners in it. I am hoping it's going to be flexible for my five-year-old and us as parents, since I am a working mother and have professional commitments as well. It feels a bit overwhelming now, but a week into it, we'll know better," said Fabiola Gomespinto, a Portuguese expat living in Dubai.


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