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53 localities allow school leave due to COVID, online teaching activated nationwide

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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February 05, 2021 | 22:10

According to the report of the Ministry of Education and Training, by the end of February 4, 53 localities allow early school leaves to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic. Minister Phung Xuan Nha has also directed the activation of online teaching nationwide.

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53 localities decided to let students take Tet holiday earlier than scheduled to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic (Photo: Bao Giao Thong)

According to statistics of the Ministry of Education and Training, by February 4, 53 localities decided to let students take Tet holiday earlier than scheduled to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic. Among them, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, and Thai Binh were the first provinces that allowed students to leave school from January 29, when the third COVID-19 break found.

Recently, the medical declaration through the "Covid-19 Safety " application has been actively implemented by the education and training sector, So far, 35,037 schools across the country (83.7%) have installed this system.

Chairing the meeting of the Steering Committee for the COVID-19 Prevention and Control of the Ministry of Education and Training, Minister Phung Xuan Nha highly appreciated the proactiveness and activeness of the units under the Ministry and the entire education sector in the declaration of measures to prevent and respond to the third outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Minister Phung Xuan Nha highly appreciated the proactiveness and activeness of the units under the Ministry and the entire education sector in preventing the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Thanh Nien)

However, due to the complexity and the broader scale of the third outbreak, the sector has been directly influenced. Mr. Nha expressed his sharing to students, parents, and teachers who were submitted to medical isolation and confirmed that the Ministry has been cooperating with the Vietnam Education Union to provide support for teachers and students in isolated areas, especially during the Lunar New Year.

In particular, the Minister of Education and Training directed the whole system to activate, expand and improve the efficiency of online teaching. Nha noted that in the previous school break, nearly 80% of high school students had access to online and television learning, which meant that there was still 20% of students, especially students in remote areas were left behind. Therefore, he asked to expand and pay special attention to the quality assurance of online teaching methods.

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Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, and Thai Binh were the first provinces that allowed students to leave school from January 29, when the third COVID-19 break found. (Photo: VNA)

Online teaching regulation to be released this week

Minister Phung Xuan Nha also requested specialized units to timely issue a regulation on the management of online teaching organizations for general education and further education institutions right in this week.

He requested specialized units to send documents to telecommunications, and information technology enterprises to request support for infrastructure and transmission lines for online teaching and learning activities. The building of the electronic lecture repository must also receive more attention.

Nha noted: “On the one hand, the whole education and training system needs to stay proactive and active. On the other hand, it also needs to be calm to avoid panic. Each level of schools needs to build a response scenario so that in each specific situation, it still ensures the dual goal: safety for students and teachers, and ensuring the plan of teaching and learning in the conditions that students cannot go to school”.

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