Bahrain coronavirus field hospital Sitra
A Bahrain Defence Force medical personnel wearing a protective face mask works at a makeshift ICU "Field Intensive Care Unit 2 (Sitra)" set up by Bahrain authorities to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) critical patients, at an island in Sitra, Bahrain, May 4, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Cairo: Bahrain has set September 16 for reopening schools in the country amid strict precautions against the new coronavirus, Education Minister Majed Bin Ali has said.

“The ministry has determined September 6, 2020 for the return of educational administrative authorities, and September 16 for the return of students,” he added in media remarks.

Private schools will, however, open on different dates, starting from mid-August until the beginning of September, according to the minister.

“Abidance by precautionary and preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be taken into consideration,” he said.

The Education Ministry will continue to utilize distance learning as part of the education system in the new school year. "These mechanisms have proved their success in the second semester under the exceptional circumstances related to the coronavirus,” the official added.

In March, Bahraini authorities suspended classes at public and private schools as part of a series health measures due to the global coronavirus pandemic.