Kuwait suspends schools till August due to coronavirus

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Kuwait suspends schools till August due to coronavirus

Kuwait suspends schools till August due to coronavirus

Kuwait Government decided to resume studies for grade 12 by next August and the remaining grades in October, part of the State’s efforts to preserve well being of students amidst spread of coronavirus because health situation in coming 8-10 weeks was unsuitable.

The country confirmed six new cases of the virus Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 148, according to the health ministry.

Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Saud Al-Harbi, at a joint news conference with government spokesman Tareq Al-Mezrem, said some 38,000 students in grade 12 would resume on August 4.

He said the students would have 5-6 weeks to complete modified curricula until late September. Al-Harbi said Grades 1-11 would resume studies on October 4.

The start of next academic year would be in December, 2020, said Al-Harbi. He explained expatriate teachers and staff would be allowed to return to their countries until before resumption of studies.

Al-Mezrem said closure of public and private schools, colleges and universities would be extended and they would reopen on Tuesday, August 4.

The number of confirmed cases now totals 244,543 while the death toll now exceeds 10,030 and over 86,031 have recovered, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.