| 24 February 2024, Saturday |

Will schools reopen their doors?

Lebanese Minister of Education Abbas Al Halabi decided to extend the holidays to one month, which resulted in allegations that the country will adopt once again the “distance learning” to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A source in the Ministry of Education confirmed to Sawt Beirut International that the minister stresses, in all his statements, the return to attendance education, and there has been no decision made till present stipulating the implementation of “distance learning.”

A medical source told Sawt Beirut International that schools must follow the established health protocol and be stringent in their implementation, particularly by wearing a mask and keeping as much distance as possible.

Despite the large number of confirmed cases, the source stated that the figures so far are not alarming, and that there is no plan to resort to a lockdown and shut schools’ doors.

A follow-up source told Sawt Beirut International that keeping nightclubs open, meeting places open, and schools closed is nonsensical, and that closing schools and concentrating youngsters in playgrounds and amusement camps changes nothing in exchange.

If schools reopen and cooperation between the Ministries of Health and Education is established, the Ministry of Health must assign vaccination process to individuals who have not yet got the vaccine in the educational sector, a top priority for the coming days.

  • Sawt Beirut International