With a total of 27 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) the UAE, the Ministry of Education has decided to close all schools and universities from Sunday March 8. They will remain closed for one month and will be thoroughly cleaned to make sure students aren’t at risk of contracting the deadly virus.
Students will be gutted to learn their four-week break won’t be filled with fun – public schools are putting the distance learning ‘Learn From Afar’ programme into place and are encouraging private schools to follow suit.
As everyone does for big announcements nowadays, the Ministry of Education took to Twitter to share the news, tweeting “This decision was made in the best interests of the health and safety of students and the wider community at schools and universities.”
Public MoE schools will start distance learning initiatives in the last two weeks of the holidays. Private schools are encouraged to share their distance learning plans with parents & students. pic.twitter.com/Qk5uqHoazv— (@MOEducationUAE) March 3, 2020
Even though withdrawing children from school may ignite worry in some residents – and no doubt fee-paying parents aren’t too pleased – the UAE Government is reminding everyone not to panic.
Events worldwide have been cancelled due to its extremely contagious nature – Giorgio Armani livestreamed its Milan Fashion Week show from an empty theatre rather than come into contact with others (relatable), and the UAE Tour cycling event was recently cancelled after two if its staff tested positive.
Images: Jason Lloyd-Evans and Twitter