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Will Dubai school fees be lower for distance learning? KHDA explains

reporters@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 28, 2020 | Last updated on August 28, 2020 at 06.41 am
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Dr Abdulla Al Karam answered this and other education queries in the second #AskDXBOfficial interaction online.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), has responded to queries whether fees for Dubai schools will be lower if students continue with distance learning.

Answering questions in the second #AskDXBOfficial interaction online, he said: "The choice of distance learning does not impact the fees. But we understand that many schools are putting together different packages to support parents who have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

"We encourage parents to have confidential discussions with the schools. Most of the schools that we talked to are very keen to help out as much as possible. These are the kind of conversations we would like to see between the schools and the parents themselves."

On the blended learning model to be followed by schools, Dr Al Karam said: "Some parents and students want to continue distance learning. Distance learning as an option will stay with us, especially at the beginning, until things get better for everyone."

Dr Al Karam went on to encourage parents and students to focus on the positives of the school reopening, while ensuring preventive measures are strictly followed.

Emphasising the importance of celebrating the human side of the reopening, he said: "While we have the precautions in place to adhere to, we have to understand it's going to be an exciting time. We're going to see people we haven't seen in six months.

"We're going to hear stories. We're going to talk about it. Let's focus on the positive side of going back and meeting friends and sharing a laugh."

"Let us not forget the joy and the fun and the good feeling we get from seeing our friends. We look forward to the stories. It is such an important day for all of us. When you're back to school, you're back to life."

Dr Al Karam was responding to questions as part of #AskDXBOfficial, an initiative of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) that gives the public a chance to ask questions to Dubai's senior government officials.

To view the entire set of videos featuring responses to questions posed by the public to Dr Al Karam, please visit GDMO's official social media accounts including @DXBMediaOffice on Twitter, @DXBMediaOffice on Facebook and www.instagram.com/dubaimediaoffice.

Questions for upcoming interactions can be submitted using the #AskDXBOfficial hashtag.

reporters@khaleejtimes.com

Staff Reporter


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