Schools Set To Move Back Online Amid Virus Threat

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Schools under the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) may move to online learning for a week when classes resume on Tuesday after the New Year holidays, the commission announced yesterday, citing soaring rates of Omicron infections.

Amporn Pinasa, Obec director-general, said the decision whether schools will move to online learning for a week after the New Year holidays rests with educational service area office directors, school directors and provincial control disease committees.

Mr Pinasa said he had sent out letters to give them advice about compliance with COVID-19 measures to help bring infection numbers down during this period.

He said Education Minister Trinuch Thienthong was highly concerned over the recent spread of COVID-19 and its potential to further disrupt studies after the New Year holidays and had urged schools under Obec to comply with all necessary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“However, Obec will allow each education area and province to make their own decisions after the New Year holidays after we obtained a report that many schools in Bangkok have decided to run online courses due to students and their parents having only just returned from provinces,” he said.

In Ubon Ratchathani, the provincial disease control committee has decided to implement online learning until 17th January while cinemas have been closed until the same day as COVID-19 cases especially of the Omicron variant are surging.

In Khon Kaen, Somsak Jungtrakul, provincial governor, said the province had recorded 232 new cases as of 1st January.

As a result, he said the provincial disease control committee has closed all schools and nurseries until 14th January, while boarding schools can run on-site learning under specific conditions.