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Students who do not turn up in schools in the first two weeks of September will not be marked absent, Dr Ibrahim Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said in Doha on Monday.
Addressing a press conference, he said Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi has taken into account the concerns of parents and foreign-returnees and issued a directive in this regard.
Qatar is all set to roll out its three-phased plan to gradually bring students back to schools on September 1, following months of COVID-19-induced hiatus.
Dr Nuaimi urged parents to drop their children to schools in their own vehicles and raise students awareness on disease prevention. "However, we have taken all the precautionary measures to ensure the safety of school buses," he added. 
"While at home, parents should help their children to adequately access the online learning. If a parent sees that the child has high temperature, he should not be sent to school." 
Dr Nuaimi said 13 new private schools and kindergartens opened this year, accommodating around 7,000 students and raising the total number of private schools in Qatar to 340.
Besides, five new government schools started operations this year, adding 145 more classrooms into the existing pool from a total of 283 state-run schools, he added.
“Qatar is proud that it completed the last academic year exams in schools with the lowest percentage of COVID-19 infections,” he said.
“We found great readiness in public and private schools to receive students by taking all precautionary measures, which reassures us and the parents that we are entering a successful academic year.”

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