Malé, Maldives — The schools in the Greater Male’ region opens for grade 11 and 12 students to prepare them for their final exams.
Some of the schools such as, Centre for Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Ahmadiyya International School (AIS) and Villa International High School (VIHS) had already started conducting schooling sessions for A level students the previous week.
According to previous statements, the schools plan to conduct their mock examinations next week, while their final examination are scheduled to take place on October.
The principal of CHSE, Aishath Sofoora explained that they decided to divide their 500 students into two groups. Therefore, each group will be attendeding the school once in every two days to minimize the risk of infections.
She also disclosed that the classes will also be held in line with the Health Protection Agency (HPA)’s guidelines to ensure their students safety. The classes of CHSE are held in large halls where social distancing can be maintained.
Although there are physical classes conducted in CHSE school from 0745 to 0945hrs, online classes are also held from 1120 to 1515hrs.
On the other hand, Ahmadiyya School conducts classes from 0830 to 1330hrs. The school’s principal, Mohamed Rasheed had also ensured the safety of students by stating that crowding would be avoided since students will be attending school at different times.
Whilw noting that they will also be holding virtual classes at 1600hrs, he states that “There are still some students of this school in other islands. They can also join the online classes.”
Initially the exams were scheduled to be held in May and June of 2020. However, the difficulties in conducting sessions and covering the syllabus due to the ongoing pandemic, the examinations were postponed to October.
The schools of Malé area were temporarily halted since March 12 as a precautionary measure amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although the schools were reopened for a breif period on July 01, the spike in the number of confirmed cases had forced the government to close the schools again on September 03. If pyshical classes cannot be held, then virtual classes are held for the students to prepare for their examinations.