Education Ministry proposes another school opening postponement for safety reasons during Covid-19 pandemic

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The Ministry of Education today, May 18th, has proposed another postponement of school openings to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) from June 1st to June 14th, 2021, to extend the vaccination period of teachers and education personnel.

Education Minister Trinuch Thienthong told the press that the Ministry has proposed to the CCSA the postponement of the first semester of the 2021 academic year due to the serious Coronavirus outbreak across the country.

It is to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and educational personnel in schools and educational institutions under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. The proposal also includes:

  1. The Education Ministry committee agreed to postpone the opening of the school semester again to June 14 in order to extend the vaccination period against teachers and education personnel as well as to allow students to transfer to their new educational establishments.
  2. If any schools and educational institutions located in the highest controlled areas and controlled areas plan to start the first semester from June 1st onwards, they have to initially assess their readiness according to the Thai Stop COVID Plus guidelines. They must also submit the opening request to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee for approval in order to be able to organize offline teaching and learning before June 14th.

Additionally, the Education Ministry also accelerated the vaccination registration for teachers and education personnel as the first priority. Numbers and names of teachers and educational personnel in both public and private educational institutions have already been listed and submitted to the CCSA.

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