Jordanian teacher accompanies pupils leaving the school building in Amman on Sunday. AFP
Gulf Today Report
Schools in Jordan reopened on Sunday, almost after a year of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jordan has shut down all educational institution since Mid-March as virus cases surged across the country.
Students in their final year of high school, kindergarten and early elementary school levels went back to classrooms on Sunday the first day of the school week in Jordan.
Christian schools will reopen for those students on Monday.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees also reopened its schools on Sunday for 28,000 students.
An education ministry spokesman said more than 773,000 students were going back to the classroom this week.
Fadi Ismail, a teacher at the Shukry Shaashaa school in Amman, was also keen to return.
The government decided to reopen schools after a drop in the number of Covid-19 cases over the past four weeks.
Another 1.4 million students across the country will return gradually until March 7, according to the education and health ministries.
Bassam Hijjawi from the national epidemics committee said on Sunday that the gradual return to schools would take place within "a strict health protocol."
He said all students were required to wear masks and observe physical distancing in the classroom, with two square metres provided for each desk.
Excited children greeted their friends and weary parents got used to early starts again as schools in several European countries reopened after a nearly two-month coronavirus break.
The protocol will be activated after giving a period of 30 days starting from the first school day in order to give an opportunity for all non-vaccinated students to receive the vaccine.
Over 140 students from 25 schools discussed current world issues at the first ever Model United Nations (MUN) conference hosted by the University of Wollongong in Dubai.
Its report issued on Monday highlighted the fact that the number of higher education students in the country during the 2018-2019 academic year is 295,626, including 191,887 male students accounting for 64.9 per cent, and 103,739 female students accounting for 35.1 per cent.
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