The Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research took quick steps to confront the outbreak of the new Coronavirus “Covid-19”, including activating the distance education platforms.
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, held a meeting on Sunday, with university presidents, through the “video conference” to check on the readiness of universities to implement the strategy of “distance education”, after the decision to suspend studies in schools and universities For two weeks, to meet the Coronavirus.
This meeting was held at the headquarters of the Supreme Council of Universities at Cairo University, in the presence of Dr. Muhammad Latif, Secretary of the Supreme Council of Universities, and a number of university presidents.
Through the conference video, the minister followed the universities, which began studying today through distance education, to enable students to continue their school day. Abdul-Ghaffar was also briefed on the stages of application and the measures taken to preserve the continuity of the educational process, and that students are not affected by the temporary interruption of studies.
In addition to the tasks that supervisory offices perform during the suspension period, in terms of following up the educational process, receiving parents’ inquiries, and how to deal with them.
The minister stressed the importance of redoubling efforts in communicating the education message through the available e-learning platforms to continue the educational process.
He explained that the decision to suspend the study comes within the framework of the political leadership’s interest in students’ health and safety, as well as providing appropriate alternatives for continuing distance education.
The university presidents also emphasized the regularity of the educational process today, and that faculty members communicate with students, through university websites, electronic platforms, YouTube educational channels located in some universities, and various social media.
The faculty also prepared theoretical curricula in the form of a PowerPoint, and videos, and uploaded them to Google Drive, and students can download the lectures.
In the event of a weak internet, students can communicate with the university and obtain a CD or a flash of courses, in addition to an evaluation process for students for each lecture.
Khaled Abdul Ghaffar explained that the suspension of the study is a precautionary measure that does not cause concern, and requires everyone to adhere to the preventive reasons and to follow the instructions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Contributed by Wafaa Fayez