Govt keeps private high schools, boarding schools closed in Myanmar

The Myanmar government on July 13 ordered all regional and state governments to delay the opening of private high schools, boarding schools and subjectspecific tuition schools as it prepared for the start of the new school year on July 21.
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The Education Ministry also instructed all regional and state governments to submit a list of private schools, with or without boarding facilities, by July 16.
U Nay Win Khaing, chair of Myanmar Teachers Federation in Pyinmana township, Nay Pyi Taw, said the government will ensure that social distancing is observed in all schools, state-run or private.

“It wants to ensure that boarding schools follow the restrictions on public gatherings,” he said. Private Schools Association Chair U Thwe said there were 1094 private schools last year, and most had boarding facilities.The government plans to reopen state-run schools on July 21, starting with high schools, and followed by primary and middle schools two weeks later.President U Win Myint said 5646 high schools with 1,095,295 students will reopen across the country on Tuesday.
Over 9.7 million students will return to 47,472 basic education schools, 1094 private schools and 1500 monastery schools.While the government health authorities expect high school students to follow COVID-19 regulations, the rules may be harder to enforce among primary school students.

Myanmar has reported six deaths and 340 cases of the disease as of July 18, as well as 261 recoveries. The virus was first detected in the country on March 23.
In the past two months, almost all new COVID-19 cases were found among people returning from abroad.
The latest confirmed case on July 18 was a 43-year-old woman from Mandalay’s Aung Myay Tharzan township who recently returned from the United Arab Emirates.
She is being treated at Waibargi Specialist Hospital in Yangon.The thousands of Myanmar citizens returning from abroad are causing a strain on the government’s quarantine facilities, the country’s first line of defence against COVID-19.
International Cooperation Minister U Kyaw Tin said the country can only process a few hundred citizens a day returning by air, but thousands are also returning by land.The government quarantines returnees in facilities for 14 days to prevent the spread of the disease.
“We especially have to consider quarantine accommodations,” he told a videoconference with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on July 14.
“The number can’t exceed 700 a week,” he added. “Thousands of people are also entering by land, so we are trying to find enough quarantine facilities.”
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the Health and Sports Ministry also has to have enough staff, equipment, supplies and medicine for people in quarantine.
In May the government said it had enough facilities to quarantine up to 100,000 people, but since then over 6000 school buildings used as temporary quarantine facilities had been returned to the Education Ministry in preparation for the start of the new school year.Since the end of May, 56 flights have brought back over 8000 Myanmar citizens from Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, India, Australia, Malaysia, Britain, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Taiwan and China.Tens of thousands of migrant workers have returned by land from Thailand and China.

While testing remains one of the most effective ways to detect COVID-19, Myanmar has had to rely mainly on quarantines, contact tracing, and targeted lockdowns to
control the disease due to a lack of funds.Yangon has the most cases with 240, Kayin State is second with 26, and Kayah State is the only region that has yet to report a case. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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