Schools in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi will reopen from March 02, 2020 after four weeks of closing to prevent the spreading of Coronavirus, VNExpress, a Vietnamese media reports.
About 2 million students in Hanoi will be back to schools on March 02. This is the longest leave of absence from school yet since the students have had a 16-day Tet Holiday and four weeks of absence right after. All of the schools have been sterilized before being reopened, the municipal People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said at a meeting Friday.
The Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee said it will propose to the government and the Ministry of Education and Training that the break is extended to the end of March, and the schedule for the 2019-2020 school year gets adjusted to have students attend classes from April to July, break during August, then return in September as usual.
“The decision is based on the city’s assessment of the epidemic, which has developed in an unpredictable and complicated manner. The health and lives of people is our top priority,” said Tu Luong, deputy head of the HCMC Department of Information and Communications.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at government meeting last Friday, “Safety should be guaranteed both from the professional perspective and that of students and parents. Students should not be sent back to school if there are still worries about getting infected and worries over whether they should wear a mask in class or not.”
According to the Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, among 16 cases of infection across the country, 15 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals.
Featured photo: Students wear face masks when joining their class in Hanoi, January 31, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.