Ho Chi Minh City plans to reopen kindergartens, primary schools after Tet

Monday, 2022-01-17 11:20:56
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NDO/VNA - As Ho Chi Minh City has been a “green zone” for two straight weeks, local students will attend more in-person lessons while children from the preschool level to the 6th grade are expected to return to school after the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

The Lao dong (Labour) daily cited the municipal Health Department as saying that the southern metropolis has brought COVID-19 under complete control in schools.

According to the Department of Education and Training, students of the 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grades have resumed face-to-face learning since January 4, while the 9th and 12th graders earlier, since December 13, 2021. About 92 - 96 percent of them are attending school in person.

Besides, the rate of parents supporting school reopening has also increased by over 16 percent to under 80 percent.

From December 13 last year to January 7, local junior and senior high schools recorded 130 cases of COVID-19, all of whom were teachers, school staff, and students, and they were handled in line with regulations, the education authority noted.

Nguyen Huu Hung, Deputy Director of the department, said most of the cases contracted the coronavirus in their communities, and there hasn’t been any evidence of in-school transmission.

HCM City has brought the pandemic under complete control in schools, he added.

Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc said the administration has asked the education department to make plans on reopening schools for children from the preschool level to the 6th grade after Tet, which falls in the first week of February.

Students will receive the best possible learning conditions with safety from the pandemic guaranteed, he noted.