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Many schools in Vietnam to resume classroom learning earlier than planned

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Several localities in Vietnam have changed their plans to allow students to return to schools after the Lunar New Year holiday about a week earlier than the original schedule.

K-12 and college students in the south-central provinces of Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan and the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap will go to school and take face-to-face lessons from February 22.

On the same date, ninth and 12th grade students in northern Thai Binh Province will also return to school, while students of other grades will continue online study until further notice.

In the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, the provincial Department of Education and Training on Friday said that offline classrooms will be organized for students who do not have access to online study from February 22.

Resuming in-person schooling way more earlier, all students in northern Nam Dinh Province and students of vocational schools in Dong Thap have come back to school since February 17.

Meanwhile, authorities in northern Bac Ninh Province and southern Binh Phuoc Province on Friday issued a notification requesting students to not return to school through February 28. Before that, these two provinces had planned to keep school closed until Sunday, February 21.

Elsewhere in such big cities as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, students will study online until the end of this month.

Before the Lunar New Year holiday, which started around the end of January for most of students across Vietnam, students were slated to stay home until at least the end of this month or further notice from educational authorities to help curb the new coronavirus wave that has hit 13 Vietnamese localities since January 27.

Schools have to ensure COVID-19 prevention and control measures after their resumption.

Facing different school-reopening schedules in localities, the Ministry of Education and Training has planned to build corresponding timetables for the current 2020-21 school year based on the experience from the previous school year, according to director of the ministry’s secondary education department Nguyen Xuan Thanh.

“If the outbreak lingers until March and all students still cannot return to school, the department will delay the end of the school year,” said Thanh.

“The schedule for the [2021] national high school graduation exam and the entrance exams at other levels will also have to be adjusted, with the former may be held in separate times as in 2020, if any localities are still unable to suppress the virus outbreak,” he added.

Schooling in Vietnam has experienced interruptions between offline and online modes since January last year when COVID-19 first hit the country.

The latest wave of infections since January 27 has seen a total of 770 locally-transmitted cases logged in 13 provinces and cities.

Among them, 590 patients have been reported in Hai Duong Province, 60 in Quang Ninh Province, 27 in Gia Lai Province, 35 in Hanoi, five in Bac Ninh Province, two in Bac Giang Province, 36 in Ho Chi Minh City, two in Hoa Binh Province, one in Ha Giang Province, three in Dien Bien Province, six in Binh Duong Province, one in Hai Phong, and two in Hung Yen Province.

The national tally stood at 2,362 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday morning, with 1,627 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

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Over 1.7mn students back to school in Ho Chi Minh City

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More than 1.7 million students in Ho Chi Minh City returned to school on Monday after having to switch to remote learning for several weeks as part of COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

According to the observations of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, students of Tran Van On Middle School in District 1 had to queue up in two lines to have their body temperature measured before entering the school.

They then sanitized their hands upon passing the school gate and had to keep their face masks on all the time.

Parents take their children to school in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Parents take their children to school in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Similar procedures were applied at Nguyen Du Middle School, and the flag salute ceremony was organized inside classrooms instead of in the schoolyard.

Meanwhile, Hoa Binh Elementary School prepared automatic hand sanitizers at the gate, and all students had their body temperature checked inside classrooms.

An automatic hand sanitizer is installed at Hoa Binh Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

An automatic hand sanitizer is installed at Hoa Binh Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Following the Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February, all students were required to switch to remote learning until the end of the month due to the complicated COVID-19 developments.

The municipal People’s Committee issued a document last Wednesday stating that students and learners of local schools, universities, and other educational institutions will resume their normal classes on March 1.

Students attend the flag salute ceremony inside a classroom at Hoa Binh Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Students attend the flag salute ceremony inside a classroom at Hoa Binh Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures were required to be taken to ensure safety for students, teachers, and staff members.

The city has not recorded any local infections since February 11.

Students have their body temperature measured at Nguyen Van Troi Primary School in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Students have their body temperature measured at Nguyen Van Troi Elementary School in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A student washes her hands at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A student washes her hands at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A student washes her hands at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A student washes her hands at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend the flag salute ceremony inside a classroom at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend the flag salute ceremony inside a classroom at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A teacher informs her students of COVID-19 prevention and control rules at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A teacher informs her students of COVID-19 prevention and control rules at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Two students hug each other at Le Van Tam Middle School in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Two students hug each other at Le Van Tam Middle School in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Students fill in health declarations at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students fill out health declaration forms at Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 1, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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Hanoi allows students to return to school next month

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K-12 students in Hanoi will be back to school next Tuesday, while university students and learners of other educational institutions will return the following week.

According to the decision of the municipal People’s Committee, K-12 students will return to school on March 2, while university students and other learners will resume their normal classes on March 8.

The city’s Department of Education and Training, Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, and Department of Health were tasked with carrying out COVID-19 prevention and control measures to prepare for the back-to-school dates.

Local schools have been required to disinfect all classrooms and facilities prior to March 1, as well as preparing soap, hand sanitizer, face masks, and electronic thermometers to ensure safety for students, teachers, and staff members.

The Hanoi administration previously ordered all students to switch to remote learning from February 17 until the end of the month due to the complicated COVID-19 pandemic.

As the city has not documented any local infection for multiple days, the municipal Department of Education and Training proposed that students be allowed to go back to school in early March.

The city is also expected to lift a lockdown on the final location on March 1.

Vietnam has recorded 2,423 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning, with 1,844 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

A total of 837 community-based infections have been reported in the country since January 27.

Among them, 35 were detected in Hanoi.

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Ho Chi Minh City students to resume school in early March

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All students in Ho Chi Minh City have been allowed to go back to school in early March as the COVID-19 pandemic has been put under control again in the southern metropolis.

The municipal People’s Committee on Wednesday issued a document stating that students and learners of local schools, universities, and other educational institutions will resume their normal classes on March 1.

The city’s Department of Education and Training and Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs will provide local schools with guidance on pandemic prevention and control measures.

Students who have been to virus-hit areas will be required to fill out health declaration forms.

Stern penalties will be imposed upon those failing to declare their health status or violating rules on COVID-19 prevention and control.

All students, teachers, and other staff members will have to complete online health declaration on a daily basis.

Following the Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February, all students were required to switch to remote learning until the end of the month due to the complicated COVID-19 developments.

The city recorded 36 community-based COVID-19 cases between February 6 and 11.

A total of 35 locations in 10 districts and Thu Duc City were sealed off to prevent the disease from spreading further into the community.

As of Tuesday afternoon, lockdown had been lifted from all of these locations.

The municipal Department of Education and Training on the same day proposed that all students be allowed to return to school on March 1.

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