North and East Syria schools reopen amid strict coronavirus measures

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — On Sunday, all schools in the areas under administration of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) in North and East Syria reopened. A delegation from the Co-Chairship of the Executive Council of Gozarto (Jazira) Region toured the region’s schools. The delegation included Nazira Goreya, Tal’at Younus, and the Co-Chairs of the Gozarto Region Education Authority.

The delegation monitored classes and general situation of students. The delegation stressed the need to provide all possible means of comfort for students.

The delegation was informed by school administrators about the readiness of school supplies and the measures taken to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Books were distributed and some health instructions were given to the students.

Co-Chair of the Education Authority of the DAA Rajab al-Musharraf confirmed that the number of students who were received on the first day exceeded 822,000 students.

The number of teachers in the DAA territories exceeds 38,000 at over 4,000 schools.

Al-Musharraf added that the schools of the DAA have adopted their own curricula in addition to the curricula of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), denying the rumors circulated by the media about canceling the DAA curricula and adopting the Syrian government curricula.

Last week, a forged circular circulated on social media with accusations that the DAA has returned to teaching the Syrian government’s curricula in the educational process, but the Education Authority of the DAA has adamantly denied the claims.