MoE discusses reopening of schools under COVID-19 measures

Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi speaks at the online meeting on reopening of basic education schools on 11 August 2020.  Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi speaks at the online meeting on reopening of basic education schools on 11 August 2020.  Photo: MNA

Ministry of Education held a coordination meeting via video conferencing yesterday to open basic education schools during COVID-19 crisis.
Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Deputy Minister U Win Maw Tun, the Directors-General, the Deputy Directors-General and Education Officers from the States and Regions participated in the discussion.
Firstly, the Union Minister said that the high schools were assessed with the 80 assessments of the Ministry of Health and Sports in accordance with the guidelines of the National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19, and 7,111 out of 7,173 high schools had been assessed, A-level 4,156 schools that met the criteria had been permitted to reopen.
The Union Minister said that the Ministry of Health and Sports was cooperating to open those permitted schools as quickly as possible; the Department of Basic Education had to fulfill immediately the requirements of the schools which had not yet been permitted to reopen.
The Union Minister continued to say that the school level supervision team must check those A-level schools everyday; not only the respective regional or state supervision teams but also the monitoring squads would conduct surprise check to report the situations of the respective schools to the Health and Education Department of the relevant townships; no school was permitted for boarding; after three weeks of reopening of high schools, the middle schools would be assessed.
Then, Deputy Minister U Win Maw Oo, Director-General U Ko Lay Win from the Department of Basic Education, Director-General Dr Zaw Win from the Department of Alternative Education and relevant officials discussed the processes related to education. Afterwards, Region and State Education Officers presented the preparation of the schools to reopen and the Union Minister discussed the difficulties and the requirements.—MNA (Translated by Ei Phyu Phyu Aung)

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