Thailand’s schools resume normal classes on August 13

Starting this Thursday, all schools in Thailand, under the supervision of the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC), will resume in-person teaching, but on a trial basis.

All directors of educational district offices were notified today, by Mr. Sanit Yamkaesorn, deputy secretary-general of OBEC, to inform schools in their areas of responsibility of the decision.

The resumption is in line with the improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the country, which has not recorded a single case of local infection for 78 days in a row.

Students must, however, keep a record of where they go after school, so that officials can monitor their after-school activities, in case any of them is exposed to COVID-19 and so that the proper steps can be taken to prevent the disease from spreading.

Although schools can resume classes, they have been instructed to use classrooms for teaching as little as possible, to avoid congestion, and to emphasize out-door activities and out-door teaching.

In case a school wants to hold a meeting, or activities where many students are expected to attend, the school administrator must notify the area health office and seek permission or report the activity to the respective governor.

Read more at Thai PBS World

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