Education authorities in Oman has postponed the new academic year for schools in the country.
12 August 2020| Last updated on 13 August 2020
The new reopening date was made in consideration of the government's school survey results.
The Ministry of Education in Oman has decided to postpone the starting date of the 2020/2021 academic year to Sunday August 30, 2020.
Decision no. 139/2020 stated: "The beginning of the academic session 2020/2021 for supervisors, administrators and teachers has been postponed till Sunday, August 30, 2020 in public and private schools."
On Wednesday afternoon, the Sultanate's education authorities posted the announcement on their official Twitter page.
From August 7 - 9 this year, the Ministry of Education carried out a survey asking people about the country's resumption of school activities in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The survey received over 50,000 respondents, offering their opinion on how Oman can manage the 2020/2021 academic year amidst the ongoing pandemic.
"Honorable brothers and sisters, Thank you for your great response, and for your kind cooperation in filling out the questionnaire. Your opinions will be taken to support the decision to be issued regarding the mechanism of operating the next academic year 2020/2021," said the ministry.
At the time of publishing, local health authorities recorded 249 new COVID-19 patients and six deaths, bringing the Oman's total number of confirmed cases to 82,299.