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Televised classes commence for Grade 9, 10, 11 students

Shahudha Mohamed
29 March 2020, MVT 13:42
A student takes notes while watching Telekilaas. PHOTO: EDUCATION MINISTRY.
Shahudha Mohamed
29 March 2020, MVT 13:42

Ministry of Education commenced 'Telekilaas' on Sunday, so that students of higher grades may receive their lessons via their television screens.

Speaking to local media Mihaaru on Saturday, Deputy Minister of Education Mohamed Ihusaan confirmed that three television channels were set to broadcast Telekilaas for students of grades nine, 10 and 11.

Public Service Media (PSM)'s channels Munnaaru, YES and Dhivehi will broadcast classes for students attending Grades 9, 10 and 11, respectively.

YES TV will broadcast classes for Grade 10 from 0800hrs to 1200hrs on Sunday. After an hour-long break, a forum will be held from 1300hrs to 1400hrs.

According to Ihusan, students can send in their questions for the forum through a particular platform.

"The portal will be available for students of grades 10 and 11...", he clarified, "....students will receive details of the platform from their schools".

Ihusan further noted that this arrangement was made to increase efficiency and allow more students to ask questions, as calling in with doubts would be more time consuming for all parties involved.

Students of other grades have been taught via various platflorms such as EduPage, Google classroom and TED-Ed since schools were shutdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, no classes will be held for those students during this week.

As a preventive measure to control the spread of the virus, all government institutions will be closed this week as well.

Till date, Maldives confirmed a total of 17 COVID-19 cases with 11 recoveries. From this, one case is local while the rest are foreigners who are either tourists or resort staff working in the country.

At the moment, there are 824 placed in quarantine facilities and 20 people placed in isolation.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 663,749 and claimed over 30,880 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 142,184 have recovered.

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