Education Bureau announces early end of school year

The Education and Youth Development Bureau (DSEDJ) has issued a statement announcing the early end of the 2021/2022 school year in view of the current COVID-19 outbreak, starting from today (June 22).

“Considering that this academic year is coming to an end and the pedagogical plans of most schools have basically been completed and considering that face-to-face teaching cannot be resumed in the short term, DSEDJ announces the end of the academic year of 2021/2022, in advance, starting today (June 22)”, the Bureau states.

Concerning non-tertiary education, DSEDJ believes that “the early end of the academic year at this stage does not significantly affect student results.” Still, it reminds schools to “respect the principle of impartiality and do not allow the epidemic to affect student results, taking their learning performance and formative assessments as the basis for evaluating the final results of the school year”.

With regards to tertiary education, for courses that have not yet completed their face-to-face teaching, higher education institutions may opt for the online format, depending on the actual situation, with students having to pay attention to the information disclosed by their institutions.

All school and education activities at all levels have been suspended since Sunday, following the announcement of a local community COVID-19 outbreak.

The latest figures point to a total of 71 confirmed cases, as announced in the 5pm press conference by the health authorities