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Updated on May 18, 2020 From Myanmar Times

Govt to disinfect all schools used for quarantine in Myanmar

The government ordered all schools used as quarantine facilities to be closed and returned to the Ministry of Education no later than June 16, in preparation for the beginning of the school year.

The Union Government Office said the 6021 schools now used as quarantine facilities need to be disinfected before classes start in July.

"According to the letter, the schools will reopen on July 15,” said U Maung Win, deputy director of the Basic Education Department. “They might have given this instruction to get ready."

On May 12, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that schools cannot be closed permanently due to COVID-19. She also opposed internet-based teaching, saying that even in developed countries, online schools have a lot of problems.

She ordered education officials to follow the COVID-19 prevention measures issued by the Health Ministry.

She urged education officials to also address overcrowding in schools, noting that students must maintain social distancing.

IMAGE: Firefighters disinfect Pearl Condominium in Yangon after one of its residents was found positive of COVID-19. Photo: Mar Naw/The Myanmar Times
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