Over the last few months, revolution, road-closures, weather problems, and now the dreaded Coronavirus -or as it’s officially now known, COVID-19- have stopped schools and universities in their tracks.
You can say that these last few months could be the most unfortunate time for people looking to graduate, do their thesis, or take their state examinations.
A lot of people are thinking that the ministry should just extend or even shorten the academic year.
However, an adviser for the Ministry of Education, Albert Chamoun, told the Lebanese radio show Sawt Lubnan that it is too early to think about these measures.
He added that, among schools and universities, there is an “insistence on going on with the examinations.”
Chamoun explained that the ministry is waiting for a meeting between the General Manager of the ministry and the principals of the schools.
In this meeting, they will be discussing the many issues that have kept the schools from being able to go on with the academic year.
As Dr. Gregory Gray of Duke University’s Global Health Institute Division of Infectious Diseases said to CBC News: “We’ve routinely seen coronaviruses often wane during summer months as buildings have more air circulation, [people] tend to congregate less, and people are more exposed to UV light which can kill viruses.”
However, according to the Center For Disease Control in the US: “At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 [the illness caused by the coronavirus] will decrease when the weather becomes warmer.
There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.”