Aii Language Center (Aii) and American Intercon School (AIS) are ready to reopen all of their campuses after approximately six months of closures, following the instruction of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More than 14,000 students will return to their studies after months of distance learning.
Lay Sophea, President of Aii Language Center, stated that all Aii and AIS campuses have been thoroughly inspected and well prepared to meet necessary safety measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19. These include: temperature scanning upon entry, hand sanitizing stations, social distancing for everyone on campus, and limiting the number of students per classroom.
Sophea mentioned, “recently, MoEYS inspected the preparation and implementation of our hygiene guidelines to determine whether to reopen both schools. After the inspection, they were impressed with the schools’ organization, and granted permission to reopen this week.”
He added that both Aii and AIS will have between 15 to 20 students per class and each student will be seated at least one and a half meters apart, following MoEYS guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Since our Chairman Oknha Dr. Mengly J. Quach and our administrators have always considered hygiene a priority for students and staff, it is not difficult for Aii and AIS to follow the guidelines set by MoEYS. We have spacious classrooms that make social distancing easily applicable,” Sophea said.
Students will continue their studies using a blended learning approach – mixing online and face‐to‐face instruction – until further notice, he added. Online learning will be the new normal post COVID-19 crisis, as the situation has given rise to numerous opportunities to the online education system and molded in ways to get all the positive outcomes.
“In fact, Aii and AIS have practiced blended/online teaching platform for a long time, even before the COVID-19 crisis, to provide modern training for students. That is why our schools were able to quickly adopt online teaching during the temporary closure phase,” he said.
“Our online teaching platform aims to encourage students to take advantage of smart devices and new technologies,” he added.
Sophea also expressed appreciation for MoEYS’s previous decision to temporarily close schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The decision provided opportunities for educational institutions to explore new methods of education, such as online teaching and learning, he added.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister and MoEYS for putting the priority on safety of students and the general public first, especially for the safety and hygiene inspections of each school before allowing them to reopen,” Sophea said.
“As a result, we have seen that Cambodia has no reported deaths due to COVID-19 and no cases of infection in the community at large like other countries,” he added.
He stated that ‘’Aii and AIS are ready and look forward to welcoming back students back to school this week.”
MoEYS has a three-phase policy to reopen schools nationwide. The reopening of Aii and AIS is part of the second phase.