OBEC to propose to CCSA this Friday that its 4,500 schools reopen

Thailand’s Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) will, on Friday, propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that all the 4,500 schools under its supervision resume classes.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, OBEC has closed all its schools and introduced online learning. As the situation improved, and lockdown restrictions began to ease, OBEC resumed in-person classes on alternate days or alternate weeks, with online learning continuing for those not attending in person.

OBEC’s Secretary-General, Mr. Amnart Wichatanuwat, said today that his office wants all the schools to reopen, but they must strictly enforce social distancing, make hand-sanitizing gel available to students, ensure all students wear face masks all the time while at school and screen the temperature of students before entry.

In the meantime, he said that activities which risk bodily contact between students will be suspended and all schools will require their students to scan Thai Chana application before entering.

If a student is found to be infected, Mr. Amnart said that there are already guidelines, from the CCSA and the Public Health Ministry, for school teachers and administrators to follow.


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