KUWAIT, July 16: Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Saud Al-Harbi announced on Thursday concluding the scholastic year (2019-2020) due to ramifications of the novel coronavirus.
Remaining part of the curriculum of the year’s second half will be integrated into the first chapter of the next academic year (2020-2021), virtually effective as of October 4 — after modifying the curriculum, the minister declared.
The announcement came during a news conference following a cabinet session chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, held as part of State efforts and follow-up on repercussions of the pandemic, particularly at the teaching level.
Pre-school pupils, students of elementary and intermediate levels will be promoted to the higher classes. Those who do not have grades due to absence are entitled to be enrolled for the second round of examinations.
As to the high school level, students who desire to improve their grades can re-enroll in the scholastic year.
As to class 12, the remaining period of the second semester was set at six weeks, the minister said, adding that curricula were amended in tandem with the complementary study period, due between August 9 and September 17, and that will be via electronic means.
Minister Al-Harbi said students’ assessment will be on weekly basis through interaction and virtual presence at the set educational website.
As to the university level, the minister said it was decided to resume the remaining duration of the second semester as of August 9 until October 6, with teaching to be done online as well. The summer semester will be between October 11 and November 17.
The next academic year (2020-2021) will kick off on November 29 (2020) and proceed until March 17, 2021. The next virtual semester will begin on March 28, 2021, until July 13 and the summer one will be from August 1 until September 21, 2021 (KUNA)