Children to be back to school in coming weeks
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has requested the Ministry of Education and Training to consider reopening school to children nationwide at the earliest possible time after months of closure due to COVID-19.
At a meeting with permanent members of the Government on January 16, the PM expressed his concern and shared sympathy with teachers, students and parents over difficulties and obstacles in teaching and learning online.
He assigned the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Health to immediately organize a nationwide webinar to collect opinions from experts, scientists and localities for a specific roadmap to reopen education institutions and schools nationwide.
It is expected that children aged 12 and older in localities with high vaccination coverage will return to school after the lunar New Year holiday that falls in early February.
He also asked the two ministries to provide specific instructions for localities and educational institutions to resume face-to-face learning for children aged from 5-11 as soon as conditions permit.
The PM also requested the Ministry of Health to consult the World Health Organisation and learn from foreign experiences regarding vaccinations for children from 5-11 years old.
According to the Ministry of Education and Training, to date seven out of 63 cities and provinces have offered face-to-face learning to students of all grades. Fifty-three cities and provinces have reopened school to upper-secondary and high school students.
About nearly 40 cities and provinces have been offering lessons on television.