Public, Private and international schools in Kuwait will reopen for on-campus learning in late September and early October, amidst strict health precautions by the authorities, announced Ali Al-Mudhaf, Education Minister in Kuwait.
All foreign-language schools will reopen on September 26th for on-campus classes, while public and private Arabic schools will reopen on 3rd October, the minister said.
The maximum capacity per classroom has been fixed for 20 students per class, and the students will be seated two metres apart. A strict mask mandate would be enforced for students.
Meanwhile, foreign schools can conduct online classes until 26th September, and thereafter the students will attend on-campus classes.
For public and private Arabic schools, the classes would be divided into two groups. The first group will go to school on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, while the second group will visit on Monday and Wednesday.
In the following week, groups will swap attendance, with second group going on Tuesday, Sunday and Thursday, and the first on Monday and Tuesday. The groups will continue alternate on-campus attendance, the minister said.
The duration of each period has been extended to an hour from 45 minutes to allow teachers to compensate for loss in education due to closure of schools last year owing to the pandemic.
Mudhaf also said that majority of teachers and students have been vaccinated, and those who decided not to get vaccinated will have to go through PCR test every week on Sunday.
Further, students are prohibited from gathering in any form, and all group activities are banned, he emphasized.