The minister's statement comes after an education business group, representing 100 schools, urged governments to reopen schools for September, and give parents some certainty. The announcement goes some way towards this, although does not detail how schools will reopen. Previously the Ministry of Education had said a blend of online and in-school learning could be implemented at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
Mr Al Hammadi put the success of the nation's remote learning programme, instigated due to the coronavirus pandemic, down to the "forward-thinking policy" of UAE leaders and the "commitment of students and their parents".
“Education remains a top priority and national objective, and therefore our leadership has directed to apply the distance education system under the current circumstances so that our students won't lose track and miss one single day from their academic year."
Though the start date for the new academic year is now confirmed, the logistics for the form which education will take is still yet to be decided. In a tweet issued on Tuesday 9th June, the Ministry of Education refuted rumours that students will definitely be returning to campus.
The tweet stated that "The MOE denies what's being circulated that the next school year, starting 30 Aug, will have students on campus". The tweet went on to clarify that;
"No decision has yet been taken on the matter and the nature of learning process will be decided according to health developments and precautions".