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Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, chaired a meeting, Monday, to discuss how to deal with the next academic year in light of the Corona pandemic crisis, attended by Dr. Tariq Shawky, Minister of Education and Technical Education, and Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister indicated that before the emergence of the emerging crisis of the “Corona virus”, the state had started to pay clear attention to e-learning, and the “Corona” crisis came to confirm that we were on the right path, but with the continuation of this crisis we must expand The system of distance education, and there is a mandate from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to expand this system.
The Prime Minister also stated that there are many proposals and ideas for developing e-learning; In order to prevent crowding and mixing between students, especially in light of the continuing crisis of «Corona», noting that all this is linked to the existence of a strong technological infrastructure, which is what we are working on now.
For his part, Minister of Education and Technical Education Dr. Tariq Shawky said: Before the new Corona virus, we worked to invest in e-learning, and in light of this crisis, citizens ’acceptance rates for technology education increased very significantly, as the Minister of Education noted that we have A huge investment in infrastructure, as well as in digital content and curricula.
Dr. Tariq Shawky presented a number of tools and tools presented by the Ministry to deal with the repercussions of the new Corona virus crisis, and the ministry’s plan to receive the new school year 2020/2021 in light of this crisis. At the beginning of the presentation, the Minister of Education indicated that the Ministry has The digital library «https://study.ekb.eg/», which contains interactive digital curricula that include curricula for grades from “KG1” to “G12”, in both Arabic and English, adding that the ministry also has an educational platform and virtual classes that include All schools of the Republic, 13.5 million students and 1.3 million teachers are registered, along with a million guardians, and this platform is used for social and scientific communication, as well as through which research projects are received from various students and students.
The minister added that there is the possibility of conducting a “live broadcast” of all lessons related to the curricula of grades from “G9” to “G12”, in addition to conducting electronic exams that reached about 10.42 million exams for students of “G10” and “G11” classes (grades one and two secondary) ), Who numbered about 1.1 million students, and this included more than 250 million questions, in addition to the existence of an electronic review platform for students of “G12” (third year secondary), as well as making available LMS systems for students of grades “G10” Secondary first up to «G12» secondary third grade.
For his part, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research presented a proposal for the new academic year based on the application of “hybrid education”, which is based on the integration of the “face to face” and “distance learning” learning systems, explaining in this regard that it is proposed during this plan That the student be able to obtain the cognitive aspect and some skills through distance learning, which contributes to reducing student density, in addition to achieving the optimal benefit from the experience of the faculty members, while achieving the maximum benefit from the university infrastructure.
Dr. Khaled Abdul Ghaffar pointed out that the mixing plan between the “face to face learning” system and “online learning” was widely adopted through university education in a number of countries in the world, as praised by some scholars, considering that it is considered “the new traditional model of education” , Or “the new natural state of learning”, especially in light of the current stage.
The Minister of Higher Education also pointed out that the plan includes three processes: learning, evaluation, activities and services, noting that in the learning phase, students will be divided into small teaching groups, taking all precautionary measures, clearing the terraces and classrooms daily, and sterilizing and sanitizing laboratories before each A laboratory or practical classes, as well as an emphasis on wearing protective masks, for students, faculty, and workers.
The Minister also indicated that, according to the proposed plan, the participation rate of “face-to-face learning” and “distance learning” in “hybrid education” will also be calculated at this stage according to the knowledge and skill content required to be achieved in the decisions of the different sectors and colleges, noting also That this stage will require the use of e-learning technologies and elements with the development of flexible mechanisms for universities, and this will be done through coordination with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology with regard to infrastructure, and faculty members will be trained, and provide all kinds of continuous support to students at both the scientific level, And technical, academic advising.
The Minister of Higher Education pointed out that various remote learning methods will be used through the e-learning platform, production of e-courses in each university, or the use of electronic courses available on the learning management system of the National Center for E-Learning at the Supreme Council of Universities for free, which contains more than 700 e-courses.
At the end of his presentation, Dr. Khaled Abdul Ghaffar explained the needs and requirements for implementing this proposed plan, in terms of infrastructure, software and electronic systems, and the process of qualifying the system, including students, faculty and administrators, in addition to the educational content.
At the end of the meeting, the Prime Minister was tasked with expanding the absorptive capacity of the Internet, so that the content allocated to all educational levels, and the databases required to be included, will be assured, and Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications, confirmed that the Ministry is making great efforts to implement these assignments at the current stage, which contributes to In accommodating networks of different densities, while improving service for users.
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