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Ministry ready to open schools for all

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A man conducts a class in a school. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron confirmed yesterday the ministry is ready to ask Prime Minister Hun Sen to begin Phase 3 of the schools reopening, as phases one and two are running smoothly.

This would be the final phase of reopenings after schools were temporarily closed in March due to COVID-19.

Phase 1 involved the reopening of schools with the highest safety standards, Phase 2 included schools with average safety standards, while Phase 3 will consist of schools with minimum safety standards.

“The ministry inspected a selection of schools on their hygiene standards and concluded that Phase 1 and Phase 2 are running smoothly. We are ready to ask Mr Hun Sen to begin Phase 3,” Naron said.

However, he does not yet know when this will happen.

He added that the ministry is lacking some materials such as masks and hygiene tools. They are welcoming any donations.

Schools across Cambodia reopened for students from September 8, following the green light from the ministry.

Currently, Phase 2 allows only for Grade Nine and Grade 12 students to study, and each classroom must adhere to strict health measures.

However, four provinces including Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, and Mondulkiri were authorised to resume all classes from kindergarten up to high school as these provinces have been assessed as having a low risk of COVID-19 infection.

Toch Kantal, principal of Bak Touk High School, said for Phase 2: “The school prepared social distancing and hygiene measures to ensure students and teachers are safe and parents feel confident during the pandemic.”

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