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Oman again postpones school opening

The Oman government has announced that…

September 16, 2009 3:07 by

The Oman government has announced that it will further postpone the reopening of public schools to prevent the spreading of swine flu, reports Gulf News. The schools were originally scheduled to open on August 29, but the date had got postponed to September 26.

Now, the 1,053 schools will open in stages depending on the grades; 11th and 12th students will start school on October 3, 8th-10th students start on October 17, 5th-7th students on October 31, and the primary grade students begin on November 7.

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  1. Oman on September 16, 2009 9:37 pm

    there was some speculation that they would open in November. In any case looking towards January the Muscat Festival is cancelled.

  2. Catherine Blackmore on September 20, 2009 5:59 pm

    This postponement of the school starting date is a strange decision.
    The Ministry has suggested many different ways and methods that schools can implement careful screening of their students. These same children are out in shopping centres, malls, cinemas, and mixing with their families and friends.
    I firmly believe that it has reached a stage where parents are just looking for another excuse or schools are so incompetent that they would prefer to stay shut.

    Now that Ramadan is over and the EID holidays have started families will be travelling on aeroplanes, metro’s., buses and moving around.

    What are these schools going to do when the real winter months arrive because this is the time when normally adults and children come down with the flu.

    Will they just stay away from school for the complete year making yet more excuses.

    Sensible parents, teachers, and others can manage this scare without resorting to these delaying tactics.

    If one looks in the malls today or tomorrow many of these children will be mixing in one of the most unhygenic places of all.

    If the people are under 5years of age, elderly, sick with other conditions or in special categories then I endorse the decision.
    For the majority this is not the case so GET BACK TO SCHOOL


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