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PM to decide on private schools reopening

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Invictus International School in Phnom Penh. KT/Siv Channa

Prime Minister Hun Sen will announce today as to the re-opening of private schools.

Khmer Times on Monday reported that private schools are ready to open their doors for physical education in January after almost a month of shutdown due to the November 28 Community outbreak.

The Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron said the Prime Minister will make an official announcement as to the schools re-opening next month.

He urged the private schools to wait for Mr Hun Sen to give the approval before allowing students to resume their normal classes.

Clive Swale, Invictus principal, said that the university plans to have their normal classes resumed on January 11, but this depends on the official announcement by the Prime Minister.

At present, he said, the students are having their winter break from December 21 until January 10.

“We hope to have physical teaching soon. Our classrooms, staff and teachers are prepared and we have made sure all of our COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures are working. All of the students, parents and teachers are excited for us to open again,” Swale said.

Canadian International School and Paragon International School both in Phnom Penh have the same planned date to resume classes on January 4. Whether they will resume online or physical classes depends on the government announcement today.

The date for class resumption varies between every private school, depending on how many days of school break were agreed by the school administrators.

When the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that shops related to the “November 28 community incident” could open, people’s number one reaction was to ask when the schools and gymnasiums would reopen.

Khmer Times reporters have gone to the ground in Phnom Penh and found gyms operating. One gym owner confessed that he opens his gym every day, however, there are very few customers. “When the police come by they ask us to keep the door closed, not to take too many customers and I have to pay money so I will not have any problems,” the gym owner said.

A month ago, Naron instructed all public and private higher education institutions to temporarily close for 15 days, including for sports activities.

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