Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Schools prepared to reopen throughout Kingdom on September 15

Schools prepared to reopen throughout Kingdom on September 15

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A man disinfects a classroom in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Sunday. Heng Chivoan

Schools prepared to reopen throughout Kingdom on September 15

Public and private educational institutions throughout the country that meet conditions related to hygiene, environment and health measures and can implement the standard operating procedures (SOP) will reopen from September 15.

In Pursat province, governor Mao Thonin said secondary and high schools in seven districts will reopen.

“Before making the decision, we had already checked on the actual situation in those areas,” he said.

Ly Sokunthy, director of the provincial education department, said a total of 54 secondary and high schools will resume on September 15, while another six high schools are still undergoing evaluation for reopening.

In Phnom Penh, governor Khuong Sreng said both public and private schools from grade 7-12 will reopen after missing more than seven months due to the pandemic. If this reopening goes smoothly, the municipal administration will permit kindergartens and primary schools to follow.

In Kandal province, authorities also allowed the reopening of public and private educational institutions ranging from secondary to high schools.

Governor Kong Sophoan said he had decided to allow the reopening of public and private schools for grades 9-12.

Education minister Hang Chuon Naron has also agreed to reopen the Japanese School of Phnom Penh at the request of Koichi Takuma, president of the Japanese Association of Cambodia.

“The school must respect and strictly enforce the contents of the SOP as well as other legal measures in force,” he said.

The Journal of Social and Political Psychology released a statement recently recommending that primary and kindergarten schools should be prioritised for reopening.

“The risk of infection for young kids is quite low and the effectiveness of online learning in this age group is quite low so the school closures may cause a decline in the students’ future incomes,” the report said.

The statement said that a report by the Asian Development Bank issued in May 2021 estimated that the school closures in Cambodia would decrease students’ future incomes by 1.5 per cent.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer