Iraqi Kurdistan Region & Educational Policy in the Age of Covid-19
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By the beginning of March 2020, the wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had reached the borders of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The earliest cases were recorded in the cities. The Sulaymaniah governorate took preliminary action. Later, the Council of Ministers led by the office of the Prime Minister formed a higher committee for counteracting the Coronavirus in order to instruct and update the public on the situation.
This paper closely examines the policies responding to the pandemic followed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. For this purpose, considerations to the different mandates and decisions regarding the opinions of the universities and their level of compliance to the decisions of the ministry, as well as taking a different example from the state universities in order to clearly investigate the current educational policy of the ministry will be analyzed. Also, a survey is carried out and this is fragmented into three sections: the anxiety concerning the study, the method of online-teaching and final evaluations. This survey has inquired the opinion of 500 universities and institutions’ students; the findings are analyzed, discussed, and finally suggestions for the education policy in the year 2020-2021 will be given.