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S. Korea plans to reopen in-person classes for all schools in September Updated: 2021-05-13 06:59:08 KST

South Korea is planning to fully reopen in-person classes for all kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools from the second semester in September.
That is, a completely in-person class schedule from Monday to Friday without any online classes.
The Education Ministry said on Wednesday that the plan is in accordance with the country's upcoming new COVID-19 social distancing rules, which will take effect from July.
Under the current distancing scheme, even the most eased level allows less than two thirds of students in class, with a few exceptions, and the highest of the five levels completely restricts in-person classes.
The reopening comes as the pandemic has been significantly hampering children's education and mental development.
The daily tally of new COVID-19 cases staying below one thousand convinced the authorities to push for the decision.
The plan to vaccinate teachers during the summer vacation is also expected to create a safer environment for students to return to school.
Before the full reopening, the government is also aiming to secure more teachers for kindergartens, day care centers and special education schools to meet the demand.
This will follow research to find out which places are short of teachers, and where improvements in working conditions are needed.
The government also aims to build rehabilitation centers for disabled children across the country.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News
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