Cambodia reopens schools after 3 months of closure

Bangkok Desk, Sep 7 (efe-epa).- Cambodia reopened schools on Monday with strict social distancing measures after three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and after having managed to keep infections under control.

The country has managed to keep infections under control with 274 confirmed cases detected and no deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The maximum number of students allowed after the reopening is 20-25 students, each child is to occupy a desk which would normally be designated for two, and they are to attend classes in person on alternate days with the other days for at-home learning, according to Ministry of Education guidelines.

In addition, schools have temperature checks and disinfectant spray gates at the entrances and the use of masks is mandatory. Students must also regularly wash hands with soap or alcohol-based gel sanitizers and keep social distancing measures of 1.5 meters.

The reopening of schools, which affects primary and secondary education centers throughout the country that can comply with social distancing measures, comes a month after authorities allowed the return of students to 20 private schools of the capital with “high safety standards,” according to the local media.

Cambodian schools have had the help of UNESCO since March to create teaching programs that are delivered through television channels, social networks and mobile applications.

However, many students, mainly in rural areas, have not been able to pursue education at a distance due to the lack of TVs, computers, internet and smartphones.

The term is scheduled to end at the end of November and the next one to begin in January 2021, two months later than usual.

Cambodia has managed to keep COVID-19 under control, although its industries, mainly textiles, and the tourism sector have suffered severe setbacks due to the drop in exports and restrictions on the entry of travelers. EFE-EPA


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