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Dubai schools gear up to welcome students in new academic year

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on June 24, 2020 | Last updated on June 24, 2020 at 06.47 am
dubai school, coronavirus, covid-19, KHDA, education


Individual schools may come up with teaching and learning models that meet the needs of their own specific communities.

Dubai schools are set to open for the new academic year, and health and safety measures for students and teachers will be top priority.

More than 500 principals and school leaders from private schools in Dubai attended an online session on the re-opening of schools in the new academic year on Tuesday. The session was hosted by the Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dr. Abdulla Al Karam.

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During the session, Dr. Al Karam said: "We know that parents, teachers and students will be feeling both excited and anxious at the thought of returning to school. Our absolute top priority is the health and safety of everyone at school. We also want to make sure that students get the best and most enjoyable learning experience possible when they return."

While health and safety protocols will apply to all schools equally, individual schools may come up with teaching and learning models that meet the needs of their own specific communities. School leaders are encouraged to be creative and innovative in designing the look and feel of their school in the new academic year.

When asked about which further restrictions schools may face when they reopen, Dr Al Karam stated that "the focus is not on restrictions, but on opportunities. All school leaders in Dubai have an opportunity to make school better for students and staff. We need to make sure that everything we've been through these last few months has not been for nothing; that we will come out of this experience better and stronger."

Dubai is home to 209 private schools offering 16 curriculums to nearly 300,000 students.

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