This article is part of an editorial series on Covid-19

Schools across the UAE will remain closed to students until the end of this academic year, the Ministry of Education has announced today.  Lessons will continue via distance learning, which has now been in place for a little over a week.

“Under the guidance of the Council of Ministers, the implementation of the distance education system continues until the end of the current academic year 2019-2020, in all public and private schools and higher education institutions in the country” – A KHDA retweet of an official government tweet, sent from the UAEGov twitter account.

Online learning will now continue until the end of the academic year, in June 2020

Today’s announcement applies to all students of schools and all public and private universities.

The measure is one of many implemented by the UAE government has made in order to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  

Home schooling is now into its second week in the UAE, and while many parents have praised their schools for the efforts they have made converting a physical school into a virtual one, some parents have told in the soon to be published Online Learning Survey, that they are struggling with the work load of being being parents, career professionals, and now teachers.  If you want to add your view, take the survey.

Across the world, it is estimated that more than half a billion school children are now being educated at home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Most examinations and awards have been cancelled including GCSE, A Level, IB, and CBSE and BTEC.

We will update this breaking news story as we receive more information.