HANOI, Dec 6 (Vietnam News/ANN): Hanoi's 12th graders returned to school on Monday after seven months of online learning in the capital, joining their peers in many other provinces around the country.
Hà Nội's Department of Education and Training announced last week a back-to-school plan for high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12. However, the plan was changed on Sunday due to further Covid-19 developments.
As such, the return of 10th and 11th graders has been delayed, while 12th graders will attend on a mixture of online and in-person classes.
The returning students will have a staggered schedule - half will attend school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the other half will go on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Students will learn online for the days that they are at home.
Ninth graders in 18 outlying districts will continue to study at school. Students of other grades will be taught online. Preschool children will continue to learn at home.
The department requested schools to only arrange one block of learning (either in the morning or afternoon) instead of the usual two.
Le Bích Huong, a 12th grader at Viet Duc High School, said she is very excited about returning to in-person classes, due to their importance to high school graduation and university entrance exams.
“I know the uncertainties caused by the pandemic are not over, so we will strictly follow all preventive measures,” she said.
Nguyen Boi Quỳnh, principal of the high school, said that teachers can better instruct and assist students during in-person classes.
“To students whose parents did not agree to let them attend in-person classes, we can arrange online classes for them,” she said.
On the first day back-to-school, besides implementing disease prevention and control measures, Viet Duc High School also polled students, asking them how they felt.
Parents told Vietnam News Agency that they were still worried when letting their children go to school.
However, the move is necessary for their schooling, they said, adding that they felt reassured as the children received their first doses of vaccine against the Covid-19.
“The disease infection can happen anywhere, not only at school,” a father said.
High schools in Phố Huế Wards of Hai Bà Trung District, and Khâm Thiên and Trung Phụng Wards in Đống Đa District remained closed as they are located in high-risk areas of infections.
Several private schools in the city, including Marie Curie Highschool and Luơng Thế Vinh Secondary and High School, are continuing with online teaching. - Vietnam News/ANN