Thai Ministry of Education announces plan to reopen schools

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The Education Ministry announced a two-phase plan to reopen schools across Thailand and in the capital Bangkok. Strict COVID-19 measurements and assessments also began by the Education Department this month.

The ministry has already put in place strict measures to have a COVID-19 safe zone on school grounds since August. The second phase of the reopening plan concerns the other educational establishments. Those who pass an official COVID-19 assessment on their readiness for reopening.

The education ministry said the main requirements for schools that pass the COVID-19 assessment are at least 85% COVID-19 vaccination among teachers and school staff. In addition, a commitment to comply with the central government’s standard COVID-19 control measures.

Importantly, schools are allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to switch entirely to on-site learning or stay with e-learning or adopt a combination of the two. In the case of on-site learning in schools, the maximum number of students per class is 25 each. Students are required to stay at least 1.5 meters from other students and teachers when in the same room.

Meanwhile, the government is currently investigating the number of students with parental consent, aged 12 to 18 who can be vaccinated, before opening vaccination units in areas near educational institutions of each. province.

A government spokesperson said the Education Ministry was preparing to immunize more than 4.5 million students aged 12 to 18 across the country with the Pfizer-Biotec vaccine.

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