The Houthi-run education ministry on Thursday decided to end the school year 2019-2020 in Yemeni northern areas under the group's control.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, school year for the 1-8 basic grades will be ended, the ministry said its decree seen by Debriefer, with marks of all the first term and month tests of second term approved as final result.
"For the tenth and eleventh secondary (both scientific and art) grades, final exams of the second term will be taken two weeks before the start of the next school year 2020-2021, subject to the school assessment decision that will be issued later," the decree read.
Secondary and basic general exams, for the 9th and 12th grades, will be conducted mid-August 2020, as part of precautionary measures to prevent COVID-19 spread, it added.
Last March, Houthi authorities decided to close all schools and pause study following the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Yemen recorded the first COVID-19 infection on 10 April in the southeastern governorate of Hadhramout.
Until early Thursday, COVID-19 infections recorded in government-held areas topped 560 cases, including 129 deaths and 23 recoveries.
In Houthi-held areas, the group has kept concealing the real figures of people affected by the new virus.