Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’



Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The first stage is to reopen higher-standard schools. Medium-standard schools is next and finally minimum-standard schools. Heng Chivoan

Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday.

Soveacha said the first stage will be to reopen the higher-standard schools. Medium-standard schools will be next and finally minimum-standard schools.

“The ministry has been collaborating with the ministries of Health and Economy and Finance, to discuss wellbeing and socio-economic factors,” he said.

Soveacha said his ministry would inform the public about the dates and closely monitor the first stage before proceeding to the second and third stages.

Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng, who chairs the Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19, held a meeting with Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron to float the idea of gradually reopening schools in steps.

On July 2, the health ministry posted on Facebook: “The meeting was to review the possibility of gradually reopening some of the higher-standard international educational institutions. But the institutions must adhere to key principles in line with ministry measures to ensure against the spread Covid-19.”

Chuon Naron said in a June 22 press conference that his ministry already has a strategy to reopen the schools.

He said this will start with high-standard schools. But overcrowded ones, with students not able to comply with the Ministry of Health and WHO guidelines, will not be reopened.

There are three million general education students, said Chuon Naron, but only about 1.5 million of them have access to digital learning services. The other 1.5 million students depend on textbooks, he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • ‘Beware of WhatsApp fraudsters’

    The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications warned members of the public who use WhatsApp to vigilantly guard against a new trick employed by hackers that involves the use of six-digit codes sent to potential victims via the popular messaging app. The ministry said hackers could