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Amidst the whirlwind of panic over Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has taken over the world, Egypt has suspended schools and universities since the 14th of March and resorted to online education. Minister of Higher Education, Khalid Abdel-Ghaffar, released a statement on Saturday that included the halt of colleges’ second-semester final exams until the 30th of May in a bid to curb the spread of the disease, according to Ahram.
“If classes continue to be suspended after the previously announced dates, the midterm exams will be cancelled, and the grades will be added to the [final] exams at the end of the second semester,” said the Supreme Council of Universities in its latest statement, according to Nogoum FM. This means that studying might not resume as expected on the 28th of March as scheduled, as the pandemic continues to threaten our nation’s health and safety.
As for the rest of the levels, Minister of Education and Technical Education, Tarek Shawki, announced that kindergarten, first, and second-grade students will be evaluated by their teachers, and that their parents must make sure that they have revised their online studies, according to Nogoum FM. Students from above these levels until the second level of middle school will not have second semester examinations. First and second-grade high school students will be examined through virtual methods from home, and those dates have moved from the 22nd of March to the 5th of April. As for the transitional levels, a project for each subject will suffice in place of the examinations altogether.