Palestinian students revise before entering their school for their final exams in the West Bank town on Saturday. AFP
Students are returning to high schools in the Palestinian territories for the first time in two months for the final exams.
The Education Ministry said on Saturday that 78,400 12th-graders are taking the exams in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Schools have been closed since March as part of Palestinian efforts to contain the coronavirus.
In Gaza, police and paramedics took students’ temperatures as they entered, and the students sat spaced apart in classrooms.
The Palestinian Authority, which governs parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has reported more than 380 confirmed cases of the virus, including two deaths.
Authorities have reported 61 cases and one death in Gaza, which has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized power in 2007. All the cases in Gaza have been detected inside quarantine facilities housing returnees from abroad.
As the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to spread, schools and universities across the UAE are shifting to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Adapting and delivering distance learning to students at this scale has never been attempted before. Then again, extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
Two of the leading universities in Ajman – Gulf Medical University (GMU) and Ajman University (AU) – are using the COVID-19 precautionary period as an opportunity to evolve beyond standard learning practices, by implementing advanced e-learning capabilities. The universities are focusing on Blended learning – combining the best of traditional and e-learning methodologies, which paves the way for the future.
The Palestinian embassy in the UAE had earlier urged the Palestinian community in the country to take part and respond to the national campaign when it was launched.
The protocol aims to ensure the highest standards of prevention, and to implement the preventive measures recommended by health authorities in the country.
The infrastructure of the emirate has capacity to accommodate more than 150,000 cases from contacts and infected, the Department emphasized.
The operations room of Dubai Police on Friday was alerted about a man who sustained injuries in the pelvis and a fracture in the leg, after he had an accident with his motorcycle in the "Margham" desert. It was reported he was unable to move.