Ministry committee recommends schools return February 20

Students socially distancing while attending a school in Amman during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Central Planning Committee in the Ministry of Education Sunday recommended pushing back the return of schools for the second semester of the 2021/2022 academic year until February 20th, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. اضافة اعلان

The planning committee said the recommendation will be viewed by the higher framework committee in its next meeting and make a decision.

Only 12th graders (Tawjihi) are excluded from the recommendation, the planning committee said, as they will start as planned, on February 1, stressing that the decision was imposed by the epidemiological situation in Jordan and the world.

The committee gave schools with international programs the option to start on February 20 or on the set date, of February 1; if the latter case is chosen, classes must be held remotely until February 20, when in-person education starts nation-wide.

Minister of Education Wajih Owais was quoted by Al-Ghad News on Sunday explaining that what was published by the committee was a recommendation and not a decision.

He added that the ministry has several alternative solutions in case the rate of COVID-19 positivity rises to 10 percent.

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