Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Saud Al- Harbi has stated that ending the school year is not an easy decision as it will affect hundreds of thousands of students.

In an interview with Kuwait TV Saturday evening, Al-Harbi stressed that taking such a decision depends on the health situation in the country, particularly the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The ministry prioritizes the safety of students and staff but also takes into account the huge negative repercussions of a hasty decision in this regard.

He pointed out that ending the year and giving students marks based on their performance in the first semester would harm nearly 60,000 students, mainly those who failed to attend first semester exams for medical or other reasons and those who performed badly and were counting on the second semester to improve their scores.

Al-Harbi noted that the ministry would present a final assessment of the situation and recommendations on this issue on July 15.

He also unveiled that the ministry would instruct schools to start online learning for 12-grade students before June 15.

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