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3 February, 2021

UAE schools and universities to begin 'gradual return' from February 14

Ministry of Education says classes will begin to return to normal, but distance learning will remain an option for this academic year

The UAE will begin a gradual return to normal education in public schools and universities as well as Abu Dhabi private schools from February 14, 2021.

The Ministry of Education set out details on Wednesday.

The decision came as many schools remain physically closed as a precaution or due to Covid-19 cases among staff, pupils and parents. Private schools in Dubai resumed in-person classes in August with individual schools closing periodically because of a rise in cases.

"The option of distance education will remain available until the end of the current school year, taking into account the importance of coordination between parents and school principals," the ministry said. Safety precautions currently in place schools were reviewed and updated to take into account the latest coronavirus developments. These will continue to be updated throughout the school year.

The return to classrooms will be staggered and with schools expected to maintain a hybrid learning system. The ministry said the decision was made "based on the recommendations of authorities and taking into account the wishes of pupils' parents".

On Wednesday, Abu Dhabi's Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said classroom education would resume for all grades at the emirate's schools with e-learning remaining an option until the end of the academic year.

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