Secondary school finals: How Egypt prepares to protect thousands of students from coronavirus



Mon, 18 May 2020 - 10:27 GMT


Mon, 18 May 2020 - 10:27 GMT

FILE – Students undergoing Thanaweya Amma exams

FILE – Students undergoing Thanaweya Amma exams

CAIRO – 18 May 2020: As around 653,000 students are preparing for the Thanaweya Amma (third year of secondary school) tests starting June 21st for about a month, the education minister has displayed the state’s plan to protect them from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The ministry said in a statement it will offer 16,575 thermometers, 34,037,829 face masks, 6,411,804 gloves and 6,000 sanitizers to secure students against the virus.

Students will enter their exam halls in a line, while following the two-meter social distancing rules, and will have their temperature measured before they enter.

Before exams start, all exam halls will be deeply sterilized on a daily basis, the ministry said.

Before entering their secondary halls, exam proctors have to check each of the students and make sure that they are in a good health and that they have sterilized their hands and put on the masks.

In case proctors think a student might have developed some symptoms, an ambulance vehicle would transfer the student to the specialized hospital.

In a press conference on Sunday, Education Minister Tarek Shawki said the state is keen to sterilize schools during the upcoming tests, to avoid the spread of the deadly virus.

Preventive measures will be considered during the tests including maintaining social distancing, he noted. Students also have the option to postpone their exams to the coming year, he added.

The Health Ministry on Sunday said 510 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 12,229.

The ministry also reported 18 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 630.

Also, the test results of 3,742 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 3,172 people who totally recovered. It added that 222 patients left hospitals after recovery.



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