Ms. Fawzia Abdulaziz Al Khater, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), has announced the end of distance learning on 7 May 2020 for students of grades 1 to 11. She emphasized that MOEHE has been keen to end the distance learning after ensuring that student has completely received the study material of the remaining second semester. This is in order for student to move to a higher grade in the upcoming school year without any negative impacts on student’s academic achievement.
Al Khater said that the State of Qatar has invested in education; therefore, schools have had a strong infrastructure that has enabled the Ministry to apply the distance learning system shortly and very efficiently. She made clear that 350 teachers have been assigned to produce videoed lessons for all school levels, and that 100 halls have been allocated to produce lessons as quickly as needed, as well as showing flexibility in the distance-learning schedule.
She clarified that the Ministry has had indications and signs showing the extent of the success of the distance learning experience so far, since 125,000 registrations into MS Teams Platform have been monitored, something which emphasizes the considerable interaction of students with the platform. This also includes registering 793,000 messages between teachers and students and 11,000 calls via the hotlines. Moreover, the MOEHE communication channels via YouTube have generated more than 65,000 subscribers now. Thus, these statistics are a strong indication on the success of this experience, and the interaction of students and their parents with it.