PCR swabs before test to ensure safety
KUWAIT CITY, June 8: Examinations for the second semester of the academic year 2020/2021 began on Tuesday morning in religious education institutes for 12th grade students, with exams to begin Wednesday in schools of public and private education and special education. The Assistant Undersecretary for Public Education, Osama Al-Sultan, said in a press statement on the sidelines of his inspection and the Director of the Religious Education Department, Anwar Abdul Ghafour, the conduct of the examination process that the arrangements and preparations for receiving students for paper-based exams were distinct and by following all health requirements agreed upon by the joint committee between the Ministries of Education and Health.
Al-Sultan explained that the educational and administrative bodies made clear efforts to provide everything that students need to perform the test in a safe manner during the examination period. For his part, Abdul Ghafour said that 1,522 male and female students were received between morning and evening students and homes and were distributed to 17 committees, with full compliance with all health requirements such as social distancing, wearing a mask, sterilizing hands and measuring temperature before entering the testing committee to ensure the safety of students. Abdul Ghafour added that PCR swabs were made for students before the test to ensure their safety, while the Religious Education Department provided an electronic link that allows the student to send the swab result to the administration before attending the testing committee so as not to be late in the entry process and it was circulated on the entry portal with the aim of providing a safe and secure environment.
For his part, Director of the Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait Religious Institute Sultan Al- Zoubi said that “thanks to God Almighty, we started today the high school exams in religious education with Arabic language (grammar and morphology) after efforts made during a long period of work.” Al-Zoubi stressed the keenness of the Department of Religious Education to provide all the full support to our students in terms of lessons, strengthening, being with them, answering their inquiries all the time, and training the educational and administrative bodies and parents to implement health requirements, wishing his students success. Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, concluded Monday a PCR test campaign on 12th grade students in scientific and literary sections, as well as students of the religious institute and in homes who are not immunized against COVID-19 in preparation for the first round of written exams. The two-day campaign in a number of schools in each educational district witnessed the examination of male and female students out of concern for their safety and to provide the maximum levels of safety and health protection for them during the final exams scheduled to conclude on June 24. The free swab test was conducted from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, knowing that entering the tests requires submitting a certificate of vaccination against the emerging virus issued by the Ministry of Health, or through an immunity application, or a negative PCR examination certificate issued by the Ministry of Health, (KUNA).