Back to school in UAE

The number of transported students from universities, colleges and other educational institutions stands at more than 16,000, with more than 800 buses and 800 drivers allocated to provide them with services…reports Asian Lite News

Over a million students have returned to school on Monday after UAE has ended most of the Covid-19-related restrictions.

In updated Covid-19 protocols, authorities clarified that periodic PCR tests would not be required starting from tomorrow. Symptomatic students, however, will need to test.

However, masks remain mandatory in closed spaces, but social distancing is no longer mandatory inside schools and buses.

Earlier, Hazza Al Mansouri, Official Spokesman of the UAE’s Education Sector, stressed that all students can attend classes regardless of their vaccination status, while university students who are unvaccinated for medical reasons and those with vaccination exemption can present the PCR tests required for the green pass system on the Al Hosn app to enter the university premises.

Meanwhile, Emirates Transport (ET), the largest provider of school transport services in the UAE, announced its full readiness to transport nearly 241,000 male and female school and university students for the academic year 2022-2023 using 7,217 busses equipped with high safety and security systems.

As part of its intensive preparations to welcome the new school year, ET has concluded the activities of its annual initiative “School Transport Week”, which featured the implementation of a package of training programmes, awareness talks and accompanying events at stations and locations associated with the regions at the state level and in collaboration with a group of public and private agencies.

Emirates Transport explained that the initiative sought to ensure a successful and efficient launch of the school transport service for all students on the first day of school, whether in schools or universities, where drivers, transport and safety managers and assigned work crews are fully prepared to perform the required tasks and ensure the delivery of all school transport requirements.

Faryal Tawakul, Acting CEO of Emirates Transport, said ET would provide school transport services for 170,000 students studying in 504 government schools, using 4,161 buses, including 100 buses for students of determination, 4,200 drivers and 4,155 bus supervisors. It will also transport 54,794 students studying in 122 private schools, using 2,256 buses and 2,256 drivers.

Additionally, the number of transported students from universities, colleges and other educational institutions stands at more than 16,000, with more than 800 buses and 800 drivers allocated to provide them with services.

For public and private schools, Jasim Al Marzouqi, Executive Director of School Transport at ET, said 6,417 buses would be ready to make daily school trips for more than 225,000 students attending 625 public and private schools.

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