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Fully prepared for new academic year: MoI

Fully prepared for new academic year: MoI

QNA
Doha
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced that all preparations for the new academic year, which starts next week, have been completed.
The MoI said all the departments concerned were ready to welcome the new academic year by taking all preventive measures, whether related to the availability of security and safety requirements in schools and various educational buildings, or traffic to enable road users to reach their destinations easily.
The MoI has called upon all to abide by traffic safety rules in order to save lives and property, stressing the need to ensure safety requirements in schools and educational buildings to provide a safe learning environment for all.
Director of Al Fazaa Police Department Major Naif bin Faleh al Thani said, “The department’s security plans for the new school year aimed at intensifying patrols near schools to intervene when needed and to help in case of traffic congestions near school buildings.”
“The department cooperates with the General Directorate of Traffic and Lekhwiya to ensure road safety, to ease traffic jams around schools, to facilitate movement in the streets when students enter and exit, and to ensure safe movement in those areas,” the Al Fazaa Director added.
Major Naif al Thani called on the parents to go to their children’s schools early and take into account the change of traffic in some roads and streets as a result of closures.
He also called on drivers to cooperate with police and other road users, to strictly abide by traffic rules and regulations, and to avoid misbehaviour affecting road safety.
For his part, Colonel Mohammed Radi al Hajri, Director of Traffic Awareness Department at the General Directorate of Traffic, affirmed that all preparations for deployment at surrounding intersections and roads leading to schools have been completed to ease potential traffic congestion and ensure that students arrive in schools on time.
He said that the “back to school” campaign organised by the Traffic Awareness Department covers all areas of the country and all categories of school students, to urge them to adhere to the values of traffic safety through the distribution of gifts and guidebooks, especially for primary and pre-school stages.
He said these books include information taking into consideration students’ age to inculcate the etiquette of riding the school bus and getting off it, to adhere to the seat belt rules, and other traffic guidelines.
The campaign also includes guidance for teachers and bus supervisors on how to introduce students to the rules of traffic safety, and enhance their traffic awareness, he added.
The Director of the Traffic Awareness Department pointed out that the campaign also includes special instructions for preparatory and secondary students, especially warning against driving without a licence, in addition to monitoring the students through the presence of traffic patrols in front of schools for traffic discipline.
As for the undergraduates, he said the keenness of the General Directorate of Traffic to educate undergraduate students through organisation of awareness lectures and field visits.
Through the back to school campaign, the directorate organises field visits to a number of schools over a period of four days, starting from Monday to deliver awareness messages to students and their parents.
For his part, First Lieutenant Abdul Hadi Ali al Marri, Officer at Media and Preventive Education Section at the General Directorate of Civil Defense, said there is coordination between the Directorate and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education regarding the provision of security and safety requirements in all schools.
The civil defense visits schools to check the availability of safety requirements and compliance with civil defense procedures in order to maintain the safety of students and school staff, he added.
The private schools are also subject to this system of the necessity of the availability of security and safety procedures, where the civil defense conducts sudden inspection campaigns on these schools to ensure their commitment to the availability of all safety devices and systems.
Regarding the awareness aspect, he said the Media and Preventive Education Section holds an awareness plan after regular study began in all schools in the state.
It will organize awareness lectures for students to educate them on the requirements of security and safety. It will also distribute brochures and leaflets.
He said the directorate has provided through the ministry’s website requests for awareness and traffic education for schools wishing to implement an awareness programme with the General Directorate of Civil Defense, for which electronic registration on the ministry’s website is required.

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