Education officials dismiss rumours of extended school closures

The Ministry of Education described the suggestion as 'baseless'

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emitrates --- September 14, 2010 --- Parents keep their kids close as they navigate heavy traffic in front of GEMS American Academy-Abu Dhabi school. For the new school year, there will be increased traffic patrols at intersections and roads to ensure students' safety.    ( DELORES JOHNSON / The National )
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Officials at the Ministry of Education have dismissed rumours that schools will close until the start of the next academic term due to fears over coronavirus.

On Wednesday, numerous social media posts alleged schools would remain shut until September and that distance e-learning measures would be implemented instead.

The UAE government recently announced the closure of all schools, nurseries and universities for four weeks as a precaution against Covid-19.

But officials rejected the suggestion that the plan had been extended, urging residents "not to pay heed to such rumours".

''We urge members of the public...to refer to updates and instructions from official channels and sources on the ministry's website and social media accounts,'' a statement said.

''We will immediately announce any new developments. The interest of the students will always remain our top priority and the measures we take will serve their interest in tandem with the current situation."