The summer vacations for public and private schools in the UAE that follow that Ministry of Education’s curriculum will begin on July 2.
Teachers in these schools will start their vacation from July 9.
The new academic year for students will begin on August 30, while teachers will end their break a week earlier on August 23, media reports have indicated.
No directives have yet been issued as to whether students would be required to attend classes within their schools or whether they will continue their e-learning programmes once they start the new academic year.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai’s education regulator, also said on its website with regards to the format of the education delivery process starting in September that “it‘s still unknown what form this will take.”
Education officials though have suggested three possible scenarios.
The first is the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, where e-learning will remain 100 per cent of the education process.
The second scenario is a transitional phase after the virus has disappeared and the country makes a gradual recovery. Here, direct education will return at a rate ranging between 30-50 per cent.
The third scenario meanwhile is planned in the event that life returns to normal and this plan includes the incorporation of both direct and distance learning, but this will be done in proportion of 70 per cent direct education and 30 per cent e-learning so that ‘technological development and the transition to digital education can be maintained.
Last week, the UAE’s Ministry of Education said that any decision for the academic year 2020-2021, slated to begin in September, is still under review and will be taken based on the prevailing health situation and precautionary measures.