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Male' schools to resume teaching for grades 7, 8 during October

Ahmed Aiham
11 October 2020, MVT 16:48
Socially distanced classrooms in Ahmadhiyya International School. The Ministry of Education has decided to resume teaching for grade 7 and 8 in schools across the Greater Male' Region during October.. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
11 October 2020, MVT 16:48

Ministry of Education announced that schools in Male' City will resume teaching for grades seven and eight on October 25 and 19, respectively.

Schools located in the region, the epicentre of Maldives' COVID-19 outbreak, only commenced teaching for grades nine to 12, while online lessons were provided for students of lower grades.

The ministry revealed that the decision to close all schools in Male', and its suburbs Hulhumale' and Vilimale', was reached after consultations with relevant institutions including the Health Protection Agency (HPA) amid a second surge of COVID-19 cases.

According to Minister of Education Dr Aishath Ali, schools will enforce a strict observation of social distancing within classrooms and screen students for their temperature when entering the school premises.

Maldives currently records a total of 10,859 virus cases of which 1,135 are active cases, in addition to 9,683 recoveries and 34 deaths.

During last month, authorities tightened the safety measures implemented in the Greater Male' region, following an alarming upsurge of COVID-19 cases after the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a 'new normal' with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions.

After a long period of recording over 100 daily cases, the numbers have fallen to two-digits during the most part of September. Within this same period, the number of recoveries saw a significant increase, bringing the number of recovered cases to over 89 percent.

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