This is the minimum requirements of e-learning in Qatar, according to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education
24 August 2020| Last updated on 30 August 2020
Parents can call the hotline 155 for any questions about blended learning this year
As schools in Qatar reopen from September 1, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has decided that schools will adopt a blended learning approach rather than the previous three-phased back to school plan.
The blended learning approach will combine online learning with traditional in-class lessons at school.
On Monday, the Ministry tweeted an infographic to show the minimum requirements for distance learning, adding that e-learning is a fundamental part of blended learning this new academic year.
According to the official post, these are the minimum specifications for digital devices used for e-learning:
- CPU speed: 1 GHZ
- Memory: 512 GB
- Hard disk space: 5GB
- Internet connection: Fixed internet connection with a minimum of 2 Mbps/high-speed broadband
- Browser/s: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Teams - Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome
E-learning applications in Qatar are Youtube and the Qlearning portal.
Your back-to-school questions, answered
How often must pupils attend class?
Starting Tuesday, September 1st, all students from public and private school students from pre-school to higher education institutions will be required to attend school.
Students must attend school classes once to three times per week, with a maximum attendance rate of 30% of the usual school capacity per day. This enables students to attend classes, tests, and conduct lab work.
Based on education priorities, some students may need to attend school twice a week while others will be assigned to one day a week.
Who are exempt from going to school?
Pupils who are exempted from attending school this year are those with chronic illnesses and students whose immediate family members suffer from chronic disease. The exempted students, however, must appear in school to take their main exams.
To be exempt, the student must provide an approved medical report/certificate to the school. If their immediate family is suffering from chronic conditions, they must provide an approved medical certificate and national address certificate for the patient in question to the school.
How will schools reopen in Qatar during Covid-19?
In the first three days of school, from September 1 - 3, schools will introduce pupils to the safety measures that must be followed while in campus. Students will also be informed about their blended learning approach and what they can expect.
Schools in Qatar will break students into groups, with a maximum of 15 students in each classroom. Tables will be spaced out with 1.5 metres in between, according to the authorities' safety and physical distancing requirements. Middle and high school students will need to wear face masks at all times, except when eating and drinking.
Regardless of whether a student is or isn't exempted from attending school, it's mandatory for students to take their mid-semester and end-of-semester exams in campus.
How long will the school day be?
Qatar schools will operate from 7:15am until 12:30pm.
For students, this includes 6 classes each day of 45 minutes each, with a five-minute break between classes.
For pre-schoolers, the usual daily schedules will be applied during school days, with school timings from 7:10am until 12:00pm.