Motorists wait at a drive-through centre for COVID-19 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Image Credit: Supplied

Cairo: Teachers in Bahrain are being tested for the coronavirus after authorities postponed the new school year by two weeks due to a rise in cases.

Teaching and administrative staff in Bahrain were due to return to public schools on September 6. But, their return has been delayed until September 20.


Teaching and administrative staff have been required to undergo tests at a drive-through centre in the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Manama.

The tests are scheduled according to advance appointments to facilitate the process and head off crowding, the Education Ministry said.

Text messages

Students have, meanwhile, received text messages, asking them to undergo COVID-19 testing, escorted by their parents as a health precaution, Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Al Khaleej reported today.

The Education Ministry said earlier this week that the decision to put off the start of the new school year at public schools was based on a recommendation from the National Taskforce Team on COVID-19 in view of an uptick in the virus cases over recent days.

Students in Bahrain’s public schools were originally scheduled to begin the new school year on September 16. Parents have been given the option to choose for their children between class attendance or distance-learning in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.