Saudi Arabian students begin a new academic year divided into 3 semesters instead of the usual 2 as the kingdom prepares for the revival of face-to-face classes at different campuses. The plan was announced by the Minister of Education of Saudi Arabia, Hamad R. Sheikh. Hamad Al Sheikh said the new school year will begin on August 29.
According to the Minister, the three semesters consist of 13 weeks, each semester. He also added that each semester will have a long weekend. Advanced plan During a press conference, he said, “From next year, enhancement plans will be made in accordance with the requirements for upgrading the program and introducing new programs.”
Al-Sheikh urges the training staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine by August 1 to protect their health and ensure the smooth face-to-face training. His remarks came a day after the Saudi Ministry of Education announced that students from other schools and colleges will return to face-to-face classes in the new semester months after the attendance period. shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Education said that teachers and university staff should report directly to the workplace and encourage them to get vaccinated against COVID-19 according to the measures prepared by the Ministry of Health.
The vaccination is controlled through the health apps Tawakkalna and Tabaud. Access to all public and private schools, universities and technical training institutions requires vaccination, the Ministry of Education said.
Technical training All students from public and private universities as well as technical and vocational training institutions return to class provided they are in good health. The university or educational institution publishes the decisions necessary to designate an attendance mechanism.
The education ministry said returning students to public and private schools before entering university was in accordance with an approved and timely published business model. The age that wants to return to the specified classes with the coordination of the Ministry of Health and the consent approved by the Ministry of Health, taking into account aspects related to the density of schoolchildren and students in remote areas.
Saudi Arabia last year halted in-person classes as part of strict measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and switched to distance education through government platforms.