Private educational institutions reopen

Back to school: All schools are required to continue implementing safety measures when they reopen. — AP

Private educational institutions have been allowed to reopen from Dec 29 while the 2020-2021 academic year for public schools will resume on Jan 11, according to a notice from the Education, Youth and Sport Ministry.

All schools are required to continue implementing safety measures.

In a statement, minister Hang Chuon Naron said the decision applied to all private schools which had previously been permitted to open during the first and second phases of reopening earlier this year.

“Private educational establishments that received permission from the ministry must continue to carry out the standard procedures for reopening in the context of Covid-19.

“Students must be socially and physically distanced. When necessary, they must wear face masks on the campuses, ” he said.

Public schools will follow the same guidelines when reopening. Students could be required to wear masks in the event of a new outbreak.

In his Dec 29 address to the nation announcing the official conclusion of the Nov 28 community incident – a reference to the first confirmed case of Covid-19 local transmission – Prime Minister Hun Sen said it was time to begin reopening schools.

School closures have a taken a huge toll on Cambodia and the world alike, the prime minister said.

He noted that while some children had been able to continue attending schools and some had been able to take classes online, many others were completely without such opportunities. — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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