Around 900 schools are ready to reopen for in-person classes in September in line with health regulations, a local newspaper reported. Yaseen Al Yaseen, Undersecretary of the Educational Facilities and Planning Sector at the Ministry of Education, said that they are working to complete all maintenance work before the start of the school year.
Though the government decided to reopen schools in March, the final announcement will be made in August whether to allow 100 percent in-person classes.
The education committee in the parliament is studying three scenarios for the upcoming education year: to return to 100 percent in-person classes; adopt a hybrid model where 50 percent is online and the rest is in person or to continue online classes depending on the situation.
Hamad Al Matar, parliament member and head of the committee, said that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 is not as bad of a risk compared to continuing with online learning. E-learning does provide students with a real education as school is more than that since in-person learning also teaches social and communication skills, he added.