Schools in Laos prepare to resume face-to-face classes

VIENTIANE (XINHUA) – Educational authorities are assessing the readiness of schools in the Lao capital Vientiane to resume face-to-face classes in Grade 5 of primary schools and Grades 4 and 7 of secondary schools following months of closure due to the
COVID-19 outbreak.

Before they can reopen, schools must show they can comply with 70 per cent or more of 10 measures and 40 recommendations laid down by the Ministry of Education and Sports, local daily Vientiane Times reported yesterday.

The measures and recommendations have been introduced to ensure that schools will be safe for both students and staff amid the continuing COVID-19 outbreak.

The recommendations have been circulated to each school and the committees responsible for evaluating schools’ preparedness.

The assessment committee said any school that does not meet the set criteria must continue to make improvements before being allowed to re-open.

Schools that remain closed should continue online learning in key subjects.

Secondary students await COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of planned school re-opening. PHOTO: THE STAR

The National University of Laos will resume classes on Monday, with lectures to take place online while practical classes and fieldwork will be taught face-to-face.

The university’s teaching will take place in line with standard COVID-19 control measures, to ensure that students and staff are safe while lectures go ahead in an organised and unified way.

To further prepare for the reopening of schools, the Lao government has ordered health authorities to vaccinate children aged 12 and older.

The government instructed line ministries and other involved sectors to push for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that Laos reaches the target to vaccinate at least 80 per cent of the population by the end of 2022.