A Majority of Schools Nationwide Reopened After Six-Month Break​

After the closure for around six months due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many private and public educational institutions were allowed to be reopened on Monday. 

Public educational institutions are reopened today for 21 capital-provinces only grade 9 and grade 12 students. The educational institutions in the other four provinces that experienced a low risk of COVID-19 infection such as Kratie, Stueng Treng, Rattanakiri, and Mondulkiri provinces are reopened for all grades from grade 1 to grade 12. 

Apart from public institutions, around 300 private educational institutions from kindergarten to higher education are reopened after the inspection and evaluation on school campuses by the Ministry of Education. 

The reopening of schools was launched after the relieves of COVID-19 infection in the country as the tally stagnates while most patients recovered. Despite the reopening of schools, it is essential to pay full attention to the containment measures of COVID-19 in avoidance of classroom transmission. 

The ministry has instructed all educational institutions to implement hygiene measures and social distancing in the classroom to curb COVID-19. Before the reopening, private and public schools have carried out cleaning and disinfection activities in the school campus and classrooms. 

H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, has instructed the board of trustees in all educational institutions to implement Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), especially to strengthen the implementation in order to tackle down the virus. 

In accordance with the instructions listed by the ministry of education, only 20-25 students are allowed per classroom, organize a flexible schedule in order to ensure social distancing in the school campus, the temperature in the classroom must be lower than 24 degrees Celsius and contain enough air and light. 

All gathering activities must not exceed 50 people, temperature measurement to all students, teachers and staffs (having 37.5 degrees Celsius or more are not permitted to enter a school campus), masks must be worn by students, teachers, and staffs in the school campus, set up the health-checkup room and first-aid kit, prepare hand sanitizer, alcohol and gel, arrange toilets, hygiene room, prepare courtyard, entrance and exit gates, no canteens allowed, no student transportation service, no sport allowed, no entertainment permitted. 

Students, staff, or family members who are foreigners that just arrived in Cambodia within 2 months, must necessarily be tested for COVID-19 before a permit to either study or work in the institutions. 

Notably, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has ordered the closure of all educational institutions on March 16, 2020, in the purpose of preventing a further spread of COVID-19. During the suspension, the ministry of education has imposed the distance-learning and various means of online learning.

By: Kimlong HAK