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UAE Schools Will Begin the New Academic Year on August 30

The UAE Ministry of Education confirmed that the academic year for 2020/2021 will start on Sunday August 30.

UAE Schools Will Begin the New Academic Year on August 30

School staff and faculty will return to work a week before the first day of school.

The new academic year for both public and private schools will begin on Sunday, August 30, announced the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE).

Teachers and administrative staff will resume work a week in advance on Sunday, August 23.

No further announcements were given on how school classes and lessons will be organised, though schools expect a combination of brick-and-mortar classroom teaching and distance learning as a possibility.

Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the Minister of Education, said "The UAE academic year will start as per the calendar already approved by the Ministerial Development Council on August 30th, while the administrative and teaching staff will begin working on August 23rd."

"Education remains a top priority and national objective, and therefore our leadership has directed to apply the distance education system under the current circumstances so that our students won't lose track and miss one single day from their academic year," the Minister continued.

He thanked the forward-thinking policy of the country's leaders, as well as the commitment and perseverance of students and parents to the success of distance learning and the sustainability of the UAE education system.

In an official tweet, the Ministry of Education confirmed that the final exams for grade 12 students (private and public school) for the academic year 2019/2020 will take place from June 21 to June 29 via the distance learning system.

From March 22 this year, the UAE implemented distance learning for all students as a health and safety measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. The move applied to all public and private schools and higher education institutions.

At the time of publishing, health officials confirmed 540 newly diagnosed, 745 further recoveries, and one death, bringing the UAE's total number of confirmed cases to 38,808.