Thai Education Minister Is Thinking About Delaying Next Term

The next term was supposed to start on May 17th,2021, but it might be defered until June due to the new COVID-19 surge.
Thai Education Minister Treenuch Thienthong announced that she will meet with the Permanent Secretary for Education Supat Jampathong and the Office of the Basic Education Commission Amporn Pinasa on April 19, 2021 to discuss whether to defer the term or not.
The Thai education minister stated that the situation will still be analyzed until April 30th, 2021, to see if the term can begin at the normal time.
The education minister said that many factors will be taken into account before delaying the school year. One factor considered whether contingency plans were in place to deal with in-person or not.
All sides, especially those that supervise schools directly and those from provincial education committees, will be asked for their opinions.
A lot of students and teachers are concerned about the need to go online. However, the education minister did not expect every school to go online.
If certain schools are permitted to reopen, they will have strict COVID-19 measures. But they should not have to fully go online.
According to her, if schools are unable to handle social distancing, they will have to go online.
Doctor Opas Karnkawinpong, chief of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), previously revealed that two foreign teachers had contracted COVID-19 and ended up infecting at least 30 other people at a private school in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan.
Among those infected were two other foreign teachers, one Thai teacher, 23 students, and four family members of some of the infected students, the doctor said.
Horwang School in Bangkok closed its music building for two weeks so it could be disinfected and so those in close contact with Khemchat Chan-akson, a part-time music teacher infected on April 9th to 11th, could self-quarantine.

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