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Virtual Symposium on Learning Loss in Coronavirus Pandemic Concludes




Muscat, 25 May (ONA) --- The virtual symposium titled “Learning Loss in the Coronavirus Pandemic: Effects and Solutions” was concluded today.


The two-day symposium was organized by the Ministry of Education. It targeted as many as 700 participants representing teachers, administrators, supervisors, social and psychological specialists, students and parents from different governorates of the Sultanate.


The second day of the symposium began with six simultaneous six sessions covering critical skills and analytical exams in tackling learning loss, roles of educational institutions and parents in addressing learning loss, tackling learning loss of special education students, training and vocational development in tackling learning loss, student needs for upcoming stage in psychological and social aspects and partnership in tackling learning loss.


At the closing session, heads of the six sessions reviewed briefings on the major proposals and recommendations made by the participants during the sessions.    


This symposium covered three main topics namely “the causes and magnitude of learning loss, and its effects due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” “local and international experiences and initiatives in assessing and following up on learning loss”, and “appropriate solutions and plans to address learning loss in the Sultanate.” 


The symposium sought to limit the learning loss, identify educational, psychological, and social priorities and needs, treatment methods, and the course of policies related in the next phase. It also aimed to find innovative and effective solutions, and to limit its short-term and long-term effects, as well as to highlight the roles of stakeholders from the educational field and the partners from the public and private sectors in addressing it. 


In addition, the symposium sought to make use of the best local and international experiences and practices in evaluating and addressing Learning Loss, and identifying national priorities for the learning process in the next academic year 2021/2022.


The closing day of the symposium was attended by members of the State Council and Majlis A'Shura, Education Undersecretary and directors general of the ministry and educational directorates in the governorates.

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