Schools are gearing up for national reopening

12 Feb 2021

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The Ministry of Education and schools are preparing for schools to reopen nationally after surveys by the ministry found that 60-70 % of students are not willing to use television as the main channel for their studies.

Minister of Education Nataphol Teepsuwan said the ministry has adjusted its previous plan to air lessons for long-distance learning via television as part of measures to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

The survey found that most students consume media through their smartphones which can be expensive.

Measures will be taken following a recommendation from the Ministry of Public Health including a maximum of 20 to 25 students per classroom.

The Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the United Nations (Unesco) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund ( Unicef) praised Thailand 's preparation to reopen schools.

Mr Nataphol rebutted a claim that there should be rules that would require students to use the type of face masks, stating that the emphasis was on sanitary and security steps.

His comment came to a picture of a bulletin board at a school after criticizing social media, showing plain-coloured face masks as examples of masks that would be allowed to be used by students once the school was reopened.

Meanwhile, Sopon Pisuttiwong, deputy governor of Bangkok, said that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is researching models from countries such as Denmark and France, where schools have opened, to identify suitable steps for reopening Thai schools from July 1.

The current thinking is that under the BMA, schools would need to keep students 1-2 meters apart as well as their desks, he said.

"Students are only allowed to play in small groups, and they have to wash their hands every hour or more frequently," he said.

"Desks, doorknobs, and playgrounds need to be swept twice a day as [infected-prone] dangerous environments.

"Let's not allow students to eat together. A sick student needs to go home instantly and go through self-quarantine, "he added.

He added that it would not require students to borrow things from peers and that no parents should be permitted to attend kindergarten.

Source Bangkok Post