UPDATED: Students to start school on different days in October

The Education and Employment Ministry has announced that teachers will return to work on 28 September as scheduled, while students will be going back as from 7 October.

State school students who are of obligatory school age will begin their scholastic year on a staggered basis on different days according to their year, and by 14 October, all students will have returned to school.

It was stated that parents and guardians will start to receive detailed information as from today from their schools.

The Ministry added that parents and guardians are being given the choice to decide whether to send their children to school or not, and all they need to do is to inform their school of their decision. He added that online recorded lessons will be provided for free.

Meanwhile, between 30 September and 13 October, the Foundation for Educational Services will be extending its service of bridge holidays between 7 am and 2.30 pm at its centre for free. At the same time, with effect from 30 September, the FES will also be offering its Klabb 3-16 service, between 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Ministry said that the best education for children is in the classroom; however, the Government will respect everyone’s decision.

It was later announced that students in Church schools will also be returning to school in different groups between 7 and 14 October.

The Secretariat for Christian Education said in a statement that according to directions issued by the Education Ministry and the Union of Teachers, there will not be any online teaching up to 6 October. Educators in Church schools will return to their school on the date which had already been established by the school.

In its reaction, the MUT said that it welcomes the decision taken by the Government.

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