The Education Ministry and provincial departments are working together to monitor students during a cold spell affecting the Kingdom.
“The Education Ministry is collaborating with relevant ministries and institutions to follow up on weather conditions and health issues in schools,” ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said yesterday.
He added the ministry has issued guidance on how to prevent sickness in schools during cool conditions.
“The ministry has advised all education departments in the Kingdom to issue the instructions to all schools,” Mr Soveacha said.
According to the Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry, cool weather conditions will continue until next week.
It said that the provinces of Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and Pailin will experience lows of between 17 to 19 degrees Celsius and highs of 24 to 26 degrees.
The ministry added Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Thom, Pursat, Kratie and Koh Kong provinces will experience lows of 19 to 21 degrees Celsius and highs of 25 to 27 degrees.
“People, especially soldiers stationed along Dangrek mountain, must be careful and take care of their health,” it said.
Sim Brim, director of the education department in Kampong Chhnang, yesterday said he told students to wear coats on top of their uniforms.
“I told those school officials to allow students to wear coats on top of their school uniforms in school to prevent sickness and protect their health during this cold weather,” Mr Brim said.
Health Ministry spokesman Or Vandine last week said infants and the elderly are vulnerable during cold weather conditions and they need special attention.
“The elderly are at risk of getting sick, they must wear thick clothes, drink enough water and go to a hospital when sick,” Mr Vandine said.