Education Ministry says schools are working round the clock to re-open next month as the country moves to the new normal way of life amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ministry assured that it has received the budget required to prepare the schools when they resume sessions in the normal.

It said that the Ministry was acquiring the items required to make the school environment safe for the students and were distributing the items to the schools with most schools now fully equipped for the new normal way of schooling.

The Ministry also said that it is working to built handwashing stations at the schools and that when the schools reopen each school would have these stations.

Also, the Ministry said that it has been sending thermometers and was overseeing renovation works needed for the schools before they reopen.

The Ministry shared pictures on social media that showed social distancing markings being drawn inside school and markings have been drawn inside the classrooms to maintain social distancing practices in a closed space.

Schools preparing to open under New Normal

The Ministry has also started a program to train 11,000 teachers in offering psychosocial support and administering psychological first aid while also training schools on sanitizing and disinfecting techniques.

Schools in islands unaffected by Covid-19 is set to begin on the 1st of July with students from grades 1 and above attending sessions.

As for the Male’ Area, only students from grades 9 and above would attend school and that for four hours on four days a week.

It is mandatory for school staff and students to wear face masks when on school grounds while parents have been encouraged not to send students to school if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19.