GEMS Education schools in the UAE have rolled out exclusive remote learning plans for students and parents since the mandated closure of schools and the move to E-learning previous month. In excess of 4.3 million collective remote learning sessions have been delivered to date, spanning all curricula and year groups and with an attendance rate of close to 100 per cent, making sure students continue to gain from the highest quality education during these unprecedented times.
To make sure its remote learning plans are effective and as accommodating as possible of families’ different needs, GEMS currently performed a survey, the results of which affirm the effectiveness and success of the E-learning offering in schools. Headline results include 92 per cent student satisfaction, with 92 per cent of students also showing that they have learnt new topics and 88 per cent saying remote learning sessions are engaging and interactive.
Also remarkable was that 84 per cent of respondents felt their school’s remote learning plan struck the right balance between online and offline sessions, which is key to maintaining student well-being. In addition, 92 per cent of parents showed that their queries and concerns had been effectively addressed, reflecting the importance of schools receiving and acting upon feedback from all stakeholders in order to increase results.
The success of the remote learning plans can be attributed to the more than 7,500 highly trained teachers working in GEMS schools in the UAE, as well as the organisation’s USD500 million (AED 1.8billion) investment in present years in technology platforms and solutions to improve students’ learning experience. GEMS has long been working towards redefining the way schools teach and students learn, having set up divisions such as GEMS X that specialise in the research, design and prototyping of new educational ecologies and emerging technologies.
Krishnan Gopi, Group Chief Disruption Officer at GEMS Education, stated that, “We are proud of the pace at which we were able to deploy our remote learning plans and the quality of teaching and learning happening. The fact that the majority of families are satisfied with the E-learning being delivered is testament to our sustained investment in technology and the training our teaching staff receive in taking full advantage of our digital solutions. As a result, we are in a position to guarantee the continuity of our world-class education provision, making sure students in our international schools are best placed to complete this academic year and transition into the next, while our Indian curriculum students can make a successful beginning of the new academic year remotely.”
In response to the ongoing period of school closures and the COVID-19 lockdown, GEMS currently launch another solution, ‘Enrol from Home’, designed to assist parents secure admission for their children with ease and from the comfort of their own home. Parents can enrol their children in schools by completing a simple online application form to receive a placement within 48 hours and start gaining from the E-learning platforms and virtual classrooms. They can also choose for flexible payment options, making accessing quality education easy and affordable. In addition, GEMS has gained the support of the KHDA to enlarge the E-learning programme for those interested in taking benefit of GEMS’ remote learning provision beyond the present crisis.