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S. Korean government mulls online classes for students as COVID-19 fears linger Updated: 2020-03-30 13:20:31 KST

The South Korean government is due to announce its latest decision on school openings, which have already been pushed back weeks as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
As it stands, schools and kindergartens in South Korea are scheduled to open on April 6th, but authorities are mulling over opening online classes as they don't expect the coronavirus to be contained by next Monday.
The announcement is due within the next 24 to 48 hours.
A member of the National Assembly's Education Committee Jo Seoung-lae said on Sunday, after a meeting with the government, that the date for opening schools cannot differ by region, as the curriculum is linked to college entrance exams for high-schoolers.
He said it would be difficult to open schools too quickly as parents are concerned about the health of their children.
Even if the government decides to open online classes, there are worries regarding students and schools having the proper platforms and equipment to undertake such an unprecedented move.
Cho added he also asked schools to secure enough face masks for children, teachers and other school staff.
The education ministry is reportedly fine-tuning details, including whether they will open online classes for high schools first or open them all simultaneously.
The government said it will discuss with health authorities, parents and education authorities before announcing its decision.
So far, in South Korea, more than 600 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported in those under the age of 19 years old.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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