The government announced that it is allowing the reopening of workshops, laboratories and competency assessment centres at technical and vocational education and training institutes in response to a request from the Labour Ministry on June 26.
In a letter on Tuesday, the ministry stressed that with the reopening, the institutes need to ensure health and safety guidelines are strictly followed to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Yok Sithy, director of the National Technical Training Institute, said yesterday the institute has not yet set a date for the reopening and is awaiting guidelines from the Labour Ministry.
However, he said, the institute had already put hygiene measures in place and is ready to welcome back its students in the near future.
“We have set safety guidelines, such as limiting the number of students per class to between 10 and 20 as advised by the Health Ministry. We will strictly implement the social distancing guideline for students to stay at least 1.5 metres away from each other. In addition, we have huge workshop areas and laboratories where we can ensure the health and safety of the students,” Sithy said.
Currently, over 4,000 students who are studying at NTTI are accessing its online classroom platform for theoretical sessions. Once the workshops, laboratories and competency assessment centres are reopened, the students would be called to return to the school campus at specific hours to avoid crowding.
Sithy said the institute had set up a disinfection booth and will conduct temperature checks at the school gate.
Apart from the reopening of workshops, laboratories and competency assessment centres, the government has also allowed TVET institutes under the Ministry of Labour to resume on-campus exit examinations and thesis defence.
The Education Ministry on Tuesday announced that the high school exit exam for private institutions will be held on August 17 and 18 which coincide with the Khmer New Year replacement holiday from August 17 to 21.
Education Ministry spokesman Dy Khamboly said yesterday the ministry is reconsidering the exam date and will make another official announcement if there is any change.
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