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Jab card check for students a one-off

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A schoolboy shows his vaccination card to a photojournalist as he leaves Prek Leap Primary School in Phnom Penh on Monday. Hong Menea

Jab card check for students a one-off

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport instructed municipal and provincial education departments across the country to inform school administrators that the vaccination card check for students should be done just once on the first day they attend classes.

Students do not need to show the card a second time as their vaccination status will then be noted down in the school’s records. If for some reason they do need to show it again they can bring a copied version.

The department and schools should also instruct students on how to protect their vaccination cards, perhaps with plastic laminate covers with lanyards, according to the directive of the ministry.

In other education news, the ministry is considering delaying the high school diploma examination until a later date than the currently scheduled December 6 in order to give students more time for preparation.

Education ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha told The Post on November 3 that the ministry is looking at the possibility of delaying the exam, but no new date has been determined.

“The leadership of the ministry will hold a meeting and get a situation-report in order to prepare an optimal plan for the high school examination. We will inform the public as soon as the decision is made,” he said.

Sok Sophana, a grade-12 student in Svay Rieng province said she would be happy if the exam was delayed because it would give her more time to study as she was a student from a rural area and they had difficulties with remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We did not learn much via online classes. If the date is not delayed, I don’t think I’ll be able to pass it because I learned so little that way. It really was not easy for us in the rural areas,” she said.

Ro Kimlong

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