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TVETs allowed to reopen on September 21

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Class on car mechanics at JVC technical college. KT/Pann Rachana

The Ministry of Labour announced today that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes can re-open fully from September 21, but should ensure they adhere to official guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On July 15 the government allowed TVET institutes to resume on-campus exit examinations and thesis defense.


TVETs that were closed due to the pandemic had previously appealed to the government to be allowed to reopen while COVID-19 remains under control, and yesterday their request was granted.

Minister of Labour Ith Samheng said today that when reopening the institutes, they need to ensure health and safety guidelines are strictly followed to contain the spread of COVID-19.


He said the entire premises must be cleaned, tables must be set up with 1.5-metre distancing, and limits for the number of students per class must be implemented.

“The institutes must instruct students and teachers to wear face masks and keep a 1.5-metre distance from each other,” he added.

Samheng also said that teachers and students should be encouraged to bring hand sanitiser, the management should examine anyone who has just been abroad, and the institute must report on their progress to the ministry every month.

Yok Sithy, director of the National Technical Training Institute, said the school has limited the number of students per classroom to a maximum of 20 as advised by the Health Ministry.

“We will strictly implement the social distancing guidelines for students to stay at least 1.5 metres away from each other,” he added.

The institute had already put hygiene measures in place and is ready to welcome back its students in the near future, Sithy said.

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