Morocco adopts remote learning system for 2020-21 academic year
London, August 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Morocco is going for remote learning system of education in the 2020-21 academic year amid worrying situation occasioned by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ministry of Education and Vocational Training said that the remote learning system concerns all levels across the country in the public, private, and foreign education system.
Morocco recorded 1,537 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 52,349 as of 6 p.m on Sunday, August 23.
This means Morocco’s number of active COVID-19 cases now stand at 15,118 , boosting the infection rate to 28,88 %.
The ministry noted, however, that in-person learning would still be an option for parents who wish their pupils to join schools instead.
The ministry also vowed to implement all preventive measures in classes to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of students and educators.
The announcement emphasised that the preventive measures will include firm actions to contain the spread of the pandemic, including the wearing of face masks.
Face masks will be mandatory starting in the fifth grade at primary schools.
The ministry said that it will adapt the decision regionally or nationally depending on the development of the epidemiological situation.
The statement promised more details about the announcement in the coming days.
Morocco also postponed the regional exams to an unspecified date, with the ministry vowing it will make an announcement as soon as possible.
Earlier this month, the ministry announced that the 2020-2021 academic year will kick off on September 1.
Administrative staff were expected to join their departments the same day, while educators had to go back to schools on September 2.
The ministry scheduled the official start of education on September 7 for pupils of primary school and for middle and high school students.