Arab school kids told turn on the TV for lessons at home Either on television Arab school kids TV as in Libya or on tablets in the IT-savvy Gulf monarchies, in the time of novel coronavirus millions of schoolchildren around the Arab world are now learning lessons at home. Arab school kids TV Governments across the region have shuttered schools forcing pupils to stay away in a bid to combat the virus, but at the risk of deepening an already worrying educational divide.
Conflict-plagued countries such as Syria and Yemen face an even greater challenge, Arab school kids told turn on the TV for lessons at home with infrastructure and modern telecommunications in tatters. In Libya, despite its protracted war, the education ministry has struck a deal with local television stations to broadcast compulsory lessons for middle and secondary schoolchildren.
It’s as if the pupil was in class with his colleagues and teacher, said Education Minister Mohamad Amari Zayed. Mahdi al-Naami, a secondary school teacher in the Hay al-Andalous district of Tripoli, said: Children must study at home and it’s the responsibility of the parents to make sure they do so. As bank employee Salima Abdel Aziz pointed out, that particular responsibility falls mainly on mothers.
Not like school: Schools in the kingdom are also using the popular WhatsApp multi-platform internet service to send out and receive homework and then return it marked with corrections.
According to 2018 figures, some 9.1 million of the kingdom’s 9.5 million people has internet access. But this system will never be the same as lessons in school where pupils can ask questions and interact with their teachers, said Saif Hindawi, a 40-year-old father of four girls. Her private college has opted for the schoolwork app Google Classroom for its remote learning during the coronavirus lockdown. But she acknowledged after months of anti-government protests since October, that the virus was a further blow to her students.
In the West Bank, now under lockdown by the Palestinian authorities, teachers in government schools are using the Zoom app to teach up to 100 students at once, with many using mobile phones.
But such interrupted schooling could have lingering effects. President was accompanied, among others, by the chief guest, former Vice-President and Member of Forest and Environment Affairs sub-committee of Bangladesh Awami League Dr Anika Fariha Zaman Aurna
TV remains main tool
The education ministry in Morocco, which has some eight million schoolchildren, Arab school kids TV this week started to operate a digital platform for lessons on the television and internet. Television, however, remains the main tool of remote learning for families which don’t have computers even if they have internet access, said to teacher at a rural school near the southern city of market Marrakesh.
As for Egypted the most popular Arab state, less than half of whom have access to the internet, the education Arab school kids TV ministry has said it will use television broadcasts President without giving the starting dates. There are some 22 million schoolchildren in Egypt’s public school system, according to ministry figures.