Kurdistan Region to resume in-person classes this month, says minister

Two students are pictured in a class in Ranya, May 16, 2021. Ari Mustafa/Esta Media Network

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish minister of education Alan Hama Saeed announced on Wednesday in-person classes will resume in the Kurdistan Region this month.

“The process of education will resume in the education centers in September,” Hama Saeed said during the opening of a vaccination center for teachers in Erbil.

He further said the resumption of in-person classes would be further discussed during a meeting of the Council of Ministers, scheduled on Wednesday.

The Kurdistan Region’s Council of Ministers is meeting to discuss several issues, including a hike in gasoline and bread prices and the resumption of in-person classes.

The Regional government suspended in-person classes in the previous two years and started online learning after a rise in coronavirus infections.

The education minister also called on teachers to receive coronavirus vaccines before the academic year starts this month.

Minister of Health Saman Barzinji said 60,000 teachers had registered to receive vaccines as of Wednesday. More than 21,000 teachers had received vaccines.

As many as 460,000 out of 700,000 people who have registered to receive vaccines have been vaccinated across the Kurdistan Region, according to the health ministry’s figures.

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