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UAE says to test distance learning platform ahead of Sunday launch

Ministry of Education says system will be piloted on Wednesday to show UAE students hoow to use it as schools remain closed over the Covid-19 outbreak

UAE says to test distance learning platform ahead of Sunday launch

Earlier this month, the ministry announced that the spring holiday will start earlier, and all public and private schools and higher education institutions across the country will close for four weeks, starting on March 8.

The UAE's Ministry of Education has announced it will conduct a test of its distance education platform on Wednesday ahead of its planned launch on Sunday.

The smart education system will be available for access from 4.30-5.30pm local time as part of the ministry's efforts to carry out the first, second and third phases of the platform launch.

The launch is part of its preventive and precautionary measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus, Covid-19.

In a statement carried by state news agency WAM, the ministry said that this step aims to train students on how to use the platform.

It added that school administrations need to draft working plans to adopt interactive learning programmes for teachers and students across all academic levels.

It noted that working plans need to include instructions for teachers to encourage their students to utilise the system, and provide motivation for the students and their caretakers to ensure an effective educational experience for students.

The ministry will also organise week-long remote specialist training sessions for some 25,000 teachers and administrative personnel this week before the launch of the initiative for all students on Sunday.

Earlier this month, the ministry announced that the spring holiday will start earlier, and all public and private schools and higher education institutions across the country will close for four weeks, starting on March 8.

During the four-week break, massive operations to sterilise school and university facilities and buses are also taking place.

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