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The relocation of university examination centers aims to ensure equal opportunities for students, said the director of the Laâyoune Higher School of Technology (EST), Ahmed Rguibi Idrissi.

The establishment of proximity centers also aims, in the context of the new coronavirus pandemic, to preserve the safety of candidates and staff and to avoid students from the southern provinces of the Kingdom,  who are enrolled in institutions at open access, to travel to other regions to take university exams, underlined Mr. Rguibi Idrissi in an interview with MAP.


This initiative, he added, concerns the centers deployed in Laâyoune, Guelmim and Tan-Tan, in addition to Smara, Agadir and Dakhla.


He noted that faced with this health crisis, EST of Laâyoune has put in place the educational adaptations necessary to pass the postponed exams of the spring session and progress of the 2020/2021 academic year.


Regarding the postponed exams from the spring session, he explained, EST decided to organize these exams via the electronic platform of each establishment, that is to say by applying the mode of distance education, while for open access institutions, Ibn Zohr University has adopted the method of face-to-face exams for the faculties of legal, economic and social sciences, letters and human sciences, and chariâa.


EST has also decided to halve the reception capacity and limit the number of students to 50 in lecture halls and 20 in examination rooms, said Rguibi Idrissi who is also acting dean of the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Smara.


The approved measures also provide for the sterilization of establishments, the wearing of masks and supply of sterilization equipment, in coordination with the local authorities which make a valuable contribution to the smooth running of these deadlines, he said.


After praising the involvement of teaching staff to make the 2020.2021 academic year a success, the director of EST said that meetings were held with teachers and school board to discuss ways to make the academic season a success.


The students had the choice between face-to-face or distance education, knowing that EST has streams where applied sessions are essential, this requires the presence of students in the form of groups of ten or 15 students at most, he said.


He assured that teachers have acquired, since the end of the past academic year, a "remarkable" experience in teaching and communication via the electronic platform set up by EST.


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