Cambodia allows reopening of all schools

Friday, 2021-10-22 22:25:56
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Students wash their hands and get their temperatures checked before entering a classroom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 15, 2021. (Photo: AFP/VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The Cambodian Ministry of Education has announced the reopening of public and private schools nationwide from November 1 with a request on strict adherence to COVID-19 measures set by the Ministry of Health to prevent infections in classrooms, reported the local newspaper Khmer Times.

The ministry added that each classroom must allow only 15 to 20 students to study at a time to maintain distancing, and regular hand wash and mask wearing are required, with the sale of food inside schools prohibited.

“The ministry will not allow teachers who are unvaccinated to teach in the classroom but they may teach online from home. School principals should be advising them to go to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” the paper quoted the ministry’s statement as saying.

Earlier, on September 15, Grades 9 to 12 were able to apply for permission to reopen with strict adherence to pandemic prevention measures.

In late September, Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the Ministry of Education to allow the reopening of public and state universities throughout the country following the reopening of those grades.

Cambodia on October 22 confirmed 148 new cases of COVID-19, including 126 detected in the community, in the past 24 hours.